My friend has a eight year old daughter who has been diagnosed for 5 years. She is developing breasts. Is premature 'development' a side effect of the disease or of insulin usage?
Premature breast development should not be influenced by diabetes or insulin therapy. Instead, "breast development" in your friend's 8 year-old daughter might be an indication of a common problem, or an unusual one.
First, the common cause of the problem: in overweight kids and teens (of either sex), the development of fat tissue on the upper chest will mimick the appearance of breast tissue. Although this can be very frustrating to both the kid and the parents, it would not usually be considered to need any medical treatment except weight control.
Secondly, the rare problem is called precocious puberty. This condition should be checked out by a pediatrician who's experienced with endocrine disorders, or an endocrinologist who's experienced with children, to be sure.
Original posting 30 Dec 95
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