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Girl aged three diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

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A girl aged three in the US has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and is possibly the youngest child known to have developed the condition.The girls’ case was presented at this year’s annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm. It is reported that the girl weighed 35kg ( when she saw specialists. Experts believe that an unhealthy diet played a role in her condition.

Following treatment and changes to her diet the girl’s blood glucose levels returned to normal. The vast majority of chidlren with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes, which can’t be prevented and isn’t linked to lifestyle.

Douglas Twenefour, Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK, said: “This is clearly a sad case but we are pleased to hear this girl’s blood glucose level has now returned to normal. It is important to emphasise that Type 2 diabetes is very rare in young children, with most children with diabetes having Type 1, which is not related to weight or lifestyle in any way. But there are a small number – probably less than 100 – children aged under 10 in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes. This highlights how important it is that children get a healthy start to life, which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise, both to prevent ill-health in childhood but also to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions much later in life.” 

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