Type 2 Diabetes in Kids a Challenge to Control

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 07, 2012

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Type 2 Diabetes in Kids a Challenge to Control

Recent years have seen an alarming increase in the number of kids suffering from type 2 diabetes and a new study hints that the solution to this problem is not going to come easily. The treatment of children with type 2 diabetes largely depends on the available information on adult with the same diabetes type. Recently, a trial has been done to compare the course of treatment of type 2 diabetes in young people. Two drugs have been found to maintain elevated blood glucose level in the suffering children. The drugs are Metformin and Avandia.  A combination of these drugs has been found to be more effective than the use of individual drugs. In addition to drug combination, lifestyle changes are also required and tend to bring much better results.


The findings of the study showed that the early use of drug therapy once type 2 diabetes is diagnosed might help in better controlling of blood sugar levels in children and teens. This helps in reducing the risk of diabetic complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage at a very early age.  Barbara Linder, MD, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), USA, added that the study has been helpful to know that Metformin (only drug aaproved by FDA to be used in children) alone cannot treat diabetes.


David B. Allen, professor of paediatrics of University of Wisconsin said that the result that combination of Avandia with Metformin gives better outcome has caused great confusion in doctors because Avandia is no longer considered a treatment option for children and teenagers. Adults taking Avandia had reported heart attacks and strokes; therefore, the FDA restricted its use. Researchers also added that increased cases of type 2 diabetes in kids are an indication of more obese people.



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