Diabetes Forecast

Children With Type 2 at Risk for Complications


Research news from the American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
June 8–12, 2012 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kids with type 2 diabetes are at a greater risk for other conditions, including high blood pressure, abnormal amounts of fats in the blood, and buildup of fat in the liver, which can show up as early as two to six years after diagnosis. Researcher Neil White, MD, CDE, says that's because kids need more support than they're getting now. A study sought to find what types of treatments worked best for kids with type 2. About half the kids had increased A1Cs during the study and needed additional medications. Early detection of developing complications and long-term follow-up can help improve health outcomes for such children.



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