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heal American Diabetes Association Alarming Rise of Type 2 Diabetes The country's sixth leading cause of death by disease. The alarming rise of type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents prompted an expert panel of the American Diabetes Association to draft a con- sensus statement, released February of this year, addressing the proper prevention, treatment and diagnostic criteria for younger people with the disease. The landmark statement is the first to address the growing num- ber of youth who are developing type 2 diabetes - a form of diabetes that is generally diagnosed among adults. The consensus statement is published in the March issue of the American Diabetes Association's journal, Diabetes Care, as well as in Pediatrics, the journal of the Ameriean Academy of Pediatrics. The experts concluded that type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in children who are overweight, usually older than 10 years of age, membe of cer- tain ethnic groups, and who may have a family history of diabetes. Further, as the U.S. population becomes increasingly overweight, researchers expect type 2 diabetes to appear morc frequently in younger, pre-pubescent children; in fact, cases have been doc- umented with children as young as four years old having type 2 diabetes. Accurate diagnosis and classifica- tion of diabetes is crucial in determin- emerging epidemic," said Arian Rosenbloom MD, Chairperson of the Consensus Panel that drafted the statement. "This document is an up- to-date resource for health care pro- fessionals to help them diagnose, treat and ultimately lower the risk of corn- I|The experts concluded that type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in children who are overweight, usually older than 10 years of age, members of certain ethnic groups, and who may have a family history of diabetes.  y ing appropriate treatment for type 2 diabetes in children. The report rec- ommends oral agents because of bet- ter compliance and convenience than with insulin injections, along with self-management education, proper meal planning and an increase in physical activity. "Type 2 diabetes in children is an plications of this disease in children and adolescents." Diabetes refers to a series of dis- eases in which the body does not pro- duce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone used by the body to convert sugars, starches and food into energy. Type 1 (formerly called insulin dependent diabetes), an auto-immune disorder, is commonly found in chil- dren and young adults who are slim. Type 2 (formerly called non-insulin dependent diabetes) results from insulin resistance, a condition in which the body fails to use insulin properly, combined with relative insulin deficiency. It is the most com- mon type of diabetes and usually occurs in overweight adults over the age of 45. Close to sixteen million Americans have diabetes, the coun- try's sixth leading cause of death by disease. Complications include blind- ness, kidney disease, heart disease and amputations. III The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the fives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the Association supports local offices in every region of the country, providing services to more than 800 communities. Gifts & Home Accesso.ries Mention this ad and get 10% OFF! I99 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills 9o=x TEL 3m.:0071.49900 18 Beverly Hills Weekly