The rising prevalence in childhood obesity increases the risk of teenagers and adolescents developing conditions linked to excess weight like type 2 diabetes, a condition long considered to be a disease for older people. A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics indicates that many adolescents and young adults have prediabetes, the stepping stone to type 2 diabetes.
Clinicians may be able to identify patients at the highest risk of developing type 1 diabetes with a simple saliva test.
Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of developing depression. A new study in Pediatric Diabetes, however, takes this one step further, suggesting that depressive symptoms among youths with diabetes varies by diabetes type.
A liver disease that causes inflammation and cell damage is common in children with type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle changes and medication may help.
Children who are overweight or obese are potentially at risk for developing diabetes, but there’s more to identifying prediabetes than just obesity.