June 18, 2000
Medications: Pills for Diabetes
Question from Madurai, India:
What is the role of oral hypoglycemic agents in treatment of children with diabetes mellitus?
The likeliest cause of diabetes in children is Type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes and the treatment for this is insulin. Oral hypoglycemic agents are rarely used in type 1 diabetes, and only in addition to insulin therapy.
Type 2 diabetes is relatively rare in children; it can be treated with oral hypoglycemic agents.