‘Staggering’ Doubling of Type 2 Diabetes in Kids During Pandemic

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From the MedScape article by Miriam E. Tucker:

‘Staggering’ Doubling of Type 2 Diabetes in Kids During Pandemic

The incidence of type 2 diabetes in children appears to have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, data from two new US studies suggest, with the lead investigator of one saying she was “surprised by the staggering increase in cases of type 2 diabetes…and the increase in severity of presentation.”

Findings from the two separate retrospective chart reviews — one conducted in Washington, DC, and the other in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — were presented June 25 at the virtual American Diabetes Association (ADA) 81st Scientific Sessions.

Although we could not assess the cause of the increases in type 2 diabetes from our data, these disparities suggest that indirect effects of social distancing measures, including school closure and unemployment, are placing undue burden on underserved communities. Decreases in well-child care and fears of seeking medical care during the pandemic may have also contributed.

Brynn E. Marks, MD, Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC, told Medscape Medical News

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