Type 2 diabetes progresses faster in kids, study finds

HealthDay, HealthDay

By Serena Gordon

Type 2 diabetes is more aggressive in children than adults, with signs of serious complications seen just a few years after diagnosis, new research finds.

“Based on the latest results, it seems like type 2 is progressing more rapidly in children,” said Dr. Jane Chiang, senior vice president of medical affairs and community information for the American Diabetes Association. “Complications are appearing faster, and it appears to be at a more significant rate than we see in adults.”

The results are alarming, Chiang and other experts said. “If these children continue to progress this rapidly, we could see many of the consequences of type 2 diabetes at a much younger age, like kidney disease and heart disease,” she said. Continue reading

Obese kids at risk for kidney disease as adults

April 4, 2013, MedPage Today

By Charlene Laino

Avoiding excess weight gain in childhood and young adulthood could prevent many cases of chronic kidney disease later in life, researchers reported.

“A study of over 5,000 children born in 1946 found that more than one-third of chronic kidney disease cases at age 60 to 64 years in the United States could be avoided if nobody became overweight until at least that age,” reported Richard Silverwood, Ph.D., of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues.

The findings appear in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Continue reading