3-Year-Old Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes Highlights 'Global Problem'

A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her medical status becoming a topic of discussion at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes' annual meeting this week.

The American toddler may be the youngest child - or one of the youngest - to ever be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a condition often linked to overweight and obesity.

According to Michael Yafi, director of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas, he has never seen a child this young be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

"I'm sure there probably are others but they are either undiagnosed or not reported yet," Yafi told Reuters.

Early diagnosis can reverse the disease

The young girl had a starting weight of 77 pounds and a body mass index in the top 5 percent for children her age.

She was treated at Yafi's Houston medical center, where she was given a liquid form of diabetes drug metformin.

Within six months, she had lost weight and was able to stop taking medication - which suggests that type 2 diabetes in children can be cured if they are diagnosed and treated early, Yafi said.

"This is a global problem," Yafi said. "Type 2 diabetes is no longer limited to adults. Now when I see any obese child I screen the patient for type 2 diabetes."

Source: Reuters

Image courtesy of nenovbrothers/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...