The New York Times reports today on a study finding that Type 2 diabetes (previously referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes, before the current childhood obesity epidemic) “progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat.” Researchers don’t know why this is the case, but suspect that children’s growth and hormonal changes at puberty play a role.
After following almost 700 pediatric diabetes patients for four years, the study concluded that the conventional oral medications for diabetes are far less effective in in children than adults; many of the study subjects had to resort to insulin injections to control their blood sugar. The New England Journal of Medicine’s summary of the study results is here.
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