The alarming increase in the number of overweight and obese children in the United States is generating anew threat - type 2 diabetes. Typically found in adults, type 2 is becoming more prevalent in children. Parents with at-risk children should have them screened for the condition.
A nationwide multicenter medical research study of an investigational drug for type 2 diabetes is taking place at Memorial Health in Savannah. This research study may offer eligible children a preliminary screening test for type 2 diabetes at no cost. Those interested in learning more can call 1-800-701-4925 or visit www.type2kids.com.
New research suggests that childhood inactivity and obesity play a major role in the early development of this disease. Family history and ethnicity are also risk factors. The majority of children with the disease have a first- or second-degree relative with the condition.