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J Pediatr Health Care. 2001 Jul-Aug;15(4):187-93.

Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents: an emerging disease.

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School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center, 1100 Holcombe Blvd, Suite 5.518, Houston, TX 77030, USA.


The incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing in the United States, and minority populations in particular seem to be affected. In the past, it was thought that type 2 diabetes occurred only in adults. However, an alarming epidemic has emerged, and children as young as 8 years of age are now being diagnosed with the disease. The purpose of this article is to present pediatric nurse practitioners with the most recent information about type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents, summarize current understanding about diagnosis, and outline treatment options.

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