Hands and feet

September 2009

Clinical

Type 1 diabetes

Still the commonest form of diabetes in children

Volume 38, No.9, September 2009 Pages 695-697

Matthew A Sabin

Fergus J Cameron

George A Werther

Obesity is rife within the community, and associated conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease threaten the future health of our children. While type 2 diabetes has been the focus of much media attention, type 1 diabetes mellitus remains the commonest form of newly diagnosed diabetes in childhood. This case study acts to remind practitioners that all young people (even those with established obesity) who present with symptoms, and/or biochemical derangements compatible with diabetes, should be managed acutely in order to avoid a delayed diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.

A significant number of children in developed countries are now either overweight or obese, placing them at increased risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hypertension, dyslipidaemia, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.1

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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