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Pediatr Ann. 1999 Sep;28(9):589-93.

Type II diabetes mellitus: no longer just adults.

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Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


Type II diabetes mellitus is no longer exclusively a disease of adults. Health care professionals and agencies must gain a better understanding of (1) the epidemiology of type II diabetes mellitus in childhood; (2) the phenotypic, biochemical, metabolic, and autoimmune characteristics at diagnosis and during the course of the disease; (3) therapeutic modalities; (4) screening of high-risk populations; and (5) prevention strategies. This will be one of the challenges in pediatric diabetes as we approach the 21st century.

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