Type 2 Diabetes is an increasing burden in young people, and affects them differently than adults, according to the new American Diabetes Association Consensus Report co-authored by CUNY SPH Community Health and Social Sciences Professor Terry Huang.
Type 2 diabetes is a significant and increasing burden in adolescents and young adults. Clear strategies for research, prevention, and treatment of the disease in these vulnerable patients are needed. Evidence suggests that type 2 diabetes in children is different not only from type 1, but also from type 2 diabetes in adults. Understanding the unique pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes in youth, as well as the risk of complications and psychosocial impact, will enable tindustry, academia, funding agencies, advocacy groups, and regulators to collectively evaluate both current and future research, treatment, and prevention approaches. This Consensus Report characterizes type 2 diabetes in children, evaluates the fundamental differences between childhood and adult disease, describes the current therapeutic options, and discusses challenges to and approaches for developing new treatments.
According to Dr. Huang, “The new American Diabetes Association Consensus report on type 2 diabetes in children shows that new thinkign and new treatment options are direly needed to help the growing number of children – most of whom suffer from obesity and live in the poorest circumstances – who are developing type 2 diabetes at early ages.”