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Diabetes in children & teens

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children and teens. This is when your body doesn't make enough of a hormone called insulin.

However, the number of children and teens with type 2 diabetes is rising. This is because more children and teens are obese (very overweight). Being overweight increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, which happens when your body makes insulin but it doesn't work very well.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.


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