Can teens and children have type 2 diabetes?

I was wondering if only people in their 40s+ are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and if only people below that age are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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  • Nah Z March 27, 2009, 9:59 am

    Anyone can develop type 2 diabetes. While traditionally associated with older people because children are expected to be active/slim, now that that trend is changing, more and more children are becoming diabetic.

    Also, anyone at any age can develop type 1 diabetes, although it's more commonly diagnosed in children and teenagers. When diagnosed in adults, it's frequently misdiagnosed as type 2, with later antibody tests revealing that they are a latent-onset type 1- which for some people, can take years.