That was the question posed to Patrica Kringas (RN, MA and certified diabetes educator at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In the future, she answered, there will have to be a shift in “the dialogue of care” for teens with type 2 diabetes. Care will have to be much more aggressive, she added. "It’s going to need to filter down to pediatricians… and of course, education is so very important.”
Pat has coordinated large scale, multi-center research at the Berrie Center, including the Today Study, which followed 699 children with type 2 diabetes (ages 10 to 17) from around the country for four years—and captured headlines ("Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment") when it was released last year. Still, said Pat, “One of the beautiful outcomes of the Today Study is the value of the materials developed. They convey a really strong message about prevention and control.”
Listen to Pat talk about the future of diabetes for adolescents. Click here for a wealth of free, downloadable educational material developed by diabetes educators at the NIH for the Today Study.