The first management guidelines for childhood-onset type 2 diabetes—a disease that used to be seen in only adults, but is now increasingly diagnosed in children and adolescents—were issued yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Tightly linked to obesity in the pediatric population, the AAP recommended early use of insulin in some 10 to 18-year-olds, as well as changes in diet and activity. The guidelines are important for many reasons, according to Dr. Robin Goland, co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and the J. Merrill Eastman Professor of Clinical Diabetes at Columbia University. “Emerging evidence suggests that type 2 in children may be particularly aggressive and challenging to manage.” In addition to treatment, Dr. Goland said, “Prevention of obesity and diabetes and prevention of early cardiovascular complications that will likely accompany the disease in these young patients is critically important.”
Click here to read the new AAP guidelines: AAP Guidelines.
Dr. Goland will discuss type 2 diabetes in kids, and the new AAP guidelines on Sirius XM’s “Doctor Radio” (Channel 81) with Dr. Dan Rauch, the host of “On Call For Kids.” Live January 30 from 10-10:30 AM EST.