How Can Doctors Tell The Type Of Diabetes A Child Has?
In pre-teen children who are lean, it's probably correct to assume a diagnosis of type 1diabetes. However, in overweight teenagers, it may be hard to tell type 1 diabetes from type 2 diabetes.
Those more likely to have type 2 diabetes include:
For research studies (and increasingly for clinical reasons), blood tests are often taken to determine which kind of diabetes a child has. For research, this is done because researchers need to know if there are any elements of double diabetes which might distort the results of the research study.
- Older children and heavy children
- Youth of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, or Native American descent
- Youth with a longer course of symptoms of diabetes
- Youth with a family history of diabetes occurring at an older age
- Those with high blood pressure, high lipid levels or acanthosis nigricans (darkening of the skin at the neck and arm pits)
Last Updated: Wednesday February 01, 2017 18:55:01
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