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Trends Endocrinol Metab. 1998 Jul;9(5):194-9.

Insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and diabetes in black children.

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Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Mellitus, Children's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2583, USA.


Historically, type 2 diabetes has been considered rare in the pediatric population. However, over the last decade, there has been a disturbing upswing in the rate of non-type 1 diabetes in the pediatric age group, particularly adolescents, with a greater proportion of Black children being affected. In this review, the following questions will be addressed: (1) what are the clinical characteristics of youth-onset atypical diabetes, (2) how common is it, (3) what are the risk factors, and (4) how should it be treated?

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