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?
From: DTeam Staff
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.