Children diagnosed with diabetes had grown significantly over the past ten years

By WEEK Producer

May 5, 2014 Updated May 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM CDT

The number of children diagnosed with types one and two diabetes spiked significantly over the past decade.

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health studied the number of children diagnosed with diabetes over eight years.

They found the number of children with type one diabetes went up 20 percent, and children with type two diabetes went up 30 percent.

Researchers are not sure what is causing the spike, but say childhood obesity may explain some of the type two diabetes cases.

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