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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It has come to this. Because of alarming rates of Type 2 diabetes in children, a leading doctors group is recommending an aggressive treatment strategy.
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends giving insulin shots almost immediately in children between the ages of 10 and 18 who are diagnosed with markedly high glucose levels.
“They’re giving insulin shots to children diagnosed with Type 2 just in case it’s Type 1 but also it is important to see what happens when the children have the insulin,” Marie Davis, who heads the local office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, said.
“I know several people who have been recently diagnosed with Type 2 and they say even put on insulin pumps.”
Today, due to the rise in childhood obesity, as many as one in three children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Children with Type 2 will also be encouraged to exercise sixty minutes a day and limit their time spent in front of a television, computer, or video games to fewer than two hours a day.