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Editorial
December 12, 2012

Diabetes and Nonrefractive Visual ImpairmentThe Young Have It

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (Drs Musch and Gardner), Epidemiology (Dr Musch), and Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Dr Gardner), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 2012;308(22):2403-2404. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.114286

Type 2 diabetes mellitus, a disease most commonly encountered in older obese persons, has become endemic in teenagers and young adults. Evidence for the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes in youth and adolescents has been well documented.1 Given the known risk of complications from diabetes, an increase in the prevalence of these complications over time would be expected among younger diabetics. In this issue of JAMA, Ko and colleagues2 provide evidence that this is likely happening in the US population.

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