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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?

Answer:

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.

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