Type 2 diabetes is particularly devastating in adolescents

– Type 2 diabetes is much more aggressive in adolescents than in adults, and by the time those with youth-onset diabetes reach their early 20s, they are beset with disease-related complications usually seen in older populations, findings from the RISE and TODAY2 studies have demonstrated.

“Additional research is urgently needed to better understand the reasons for this more serious trajectory,” Philip Zeitler, MD, PhD, of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, said at the annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The hope is to identify at-risk children and prevent the disease, but at this point “we don’t know the answer.”

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