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Children and Type 2 Diabetes 

David Cooke, M.D., Ali Mohamadi, M.D.
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  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a disease that in the past was rarely seen in children, hence the old name "adult-onset diabetes."
  • It is now well recognized that T2DM also occurs in children less than 19 years old, and has increased in incidence since the 1980s.
  • The pathophysiology of T2DM in children is similar to that seen in adults, although specific differences exist.

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Last updated: August 1, 2017