"They can have a normal life as a teenager" (2:07)
William Bornstein, MD, explains that teens with diabetes need to understand that cutting calories is important.
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as an "old age disease" because most people were diagnosed in their 60s or 70s. However, obesity can dramatically increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Now it's not unusual for a teen or young adult to be diagnosed with type 2. "The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the United States has increased dramatically, and it's very worrisome that in fact young adults and adolescents are developing diabetes," says William Bornstein, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory Clinic in Atlanta.