Pediatricians Issue First-Ever Diabetes Guidelines for Children

January 30, 2013

Pediatricians are debuting guidelines for managing weight-related diabetes among youngsters. Children have long been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, in which the body fails to make enough insulin-producing cells to process glucose in the blood, but doctors are now seeing an increasing number of children with Type 2 diabetes, in which fat cells that enlarge with weight gain thwart the body's ability to break down sugars.

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As pediatricians continue to encounter more children with diabetes, the American Academy of Pediatrics decided there was a need for clear, consistent advice on how to treat these kids.

The group's first recommendation is to screen all obese children for diabetes. Next is to figure out what type of diabetes they have. The guidelines, which are the first of their kind for kids between 10 and 18, were developed in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association, the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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