Screening children for diabetes

Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in middle-aged adults. However, in the community served by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, type 2 diabetes is not only more widespread than in many other communities but it also occurs in children and young adults. Dr. Chaiken and her colleague Dr. Mary Ann Banerji believe that genetic predisposition, combined with a high-fat diet, obesity, and lack of exercise, are some of the reasons why they see type 2 diabetes in children and young adults.

The Divisions of Pediatric and Adult Endocrinology at SUNY Downstate are studying an oral medicine that has been approved for the treatment of diabetes in adults to see if it might also be effective for treating type 2 diabetes in children. If it is effective, it will reduce the number of insulin injections that these children require.

Families who have children or young adults with diabetes and are interested in participating in this study can call the SUNY Downstate Diabetes Center at 270-1068, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

If you are a diabetic . . .

Do you know your hemoglobin A1C level?

A simple blood test, which measures the level of hemoglobin A1C, can tell you if your blood sugar has been under proper control over the past six weeks. Individuals with good levels of hemoglobin A1C are less likely to develop the serious complications of diabetes. So, if you have diabetes, find out your hemogloblin A1C level on the next visit to your health-care professional.