The number of children diagnosed with type one diabetes spiked significantly over the past decade.
Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Heath studied the number of children diagnosed with types on and two diabetes from 2001 to 2009.
They found during that time the number of children with insulin-dependent type one diabetes went up 20%.
Children afflicted with type two diabetes went up 30%.
Researchers are not sure what is driving these increases – a spike in childhood obesity may explain some of the type two diabetes cases.
Researchers say children with these diseases enter adulthood with significant health risks, and that more needs to be done to determine the causes behind the spike in cases.