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Diabetes develops fastest in children

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Children with type 2 diabetes will experience faster development of the disease than adults with the same condition, accordign to research.

The study showed younger people with the disease witness a much quicker drop in beta cell function than adult sufferers. As a result their doses of insulin are often raised just two years being diagnosed.

Dr Lorraine E Levitt Katz of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania compiled the report, which stated: “The decline in reserve over time in childhood type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) would be more severe for those presenting with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)”.

Dr Levitt Katz said: “The more rapid deterioration of glucose control in children with type 2 diabetes is unsettling because of the myriad potential diabetic complications that may develop earlier than is seen in adults.”

 

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