Can I develop type 2 diabetes as an adult?

The great majority of people who develop type 2 diabetes are 45 and older. However, the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children and young adults is rising at a rapid rate. Some attribute this to the increasing epidemic of obesity in children and young adults, although family history and genetics may also play a part. Of all of the Americans who develop diabetes, about 90%-95% develop type 2 diabetes.

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