The epidemiology and characteristics of type 2 diabetes in urban, community-based young people

Intern Med J. 2010 Dec;40(12):850-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02372.x.


As little is known about the impact of type 2 diabetes amongst Australian youth despite international increases in childhood obesity, we aimed to identify and characterize people aged<25 years with type 2 diabetes in an urban community with 60,000 people aged 10-24 years. The estimated maximum prevalence (59/100,000 persons) was lower than US estimates but higher than in Asia and Europe. In eight patients assessed in detail, obesity and related comorbidities were common, and quality of life was low.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Urban Population*
  • Young Adult