CDC reports concerning trend of rising rates of diabetes in children under age 20

By Regence
November 17, 2020
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Diabetes is a serious and chronic condition that can cause other health issues, such as kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage and more. In a concerning trend, rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children under age 20 are on the rise, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This year, the focus of National Diabetes Month is on helping children with their diabetes. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), which sponsors National Diabetes Month, has published resources for families and caregivers to help young people understand and manage their condition.

The CDC also reports type 2 diabetes—once called adult onset diabetes--is increasingly affecting children and teens. The good news is that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and can be avoided or even reversed by making lifestyle changes, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet with more fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks
  • Getting plenty of exercise

The CDC offers more tips for parents to help children avoid type 2 diabetes.

We’re here to help.

We offer one-to-one support for members with diabetes, in addition to regular benefits for medications and programs.

Regence members who have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes can call us toll free at 1 (866) 543-5765 or email to learn about how we can support your journey to improved health. You can also log in to your online member account at to see the specific benefits your plan includes for diabetes management.