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Many faces of diabetes in American youth: The SEARCH for diabetes in youth study
Date:2/27/2009

the incidence of type 2 diabetes is higher than that of type 1 diabetes in girls but not boys. We also found that over a third of the youth in this oldest age group with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes had poor glycemic control, which increases their risk for future diabetes-related complications."

"In addition to documenting appropriate concerns about type 2 diabetes in African-American youth, we found type 1 diabetes is also more common than we had expected," said SEARCH study chair Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and lead author of "Diabetes in African-American Youth." Nearly all black youth with diabetes under age 10 have type 1 diabetes, and for black girls age 10 to 14 years old, the incidence of type 1 diabetes is essentially the same as for white girls. Most concerning, about 50 percent of black youth age 15 years or older have poorly controlled blood sugar, which is a major risk factor for many long-term, serious complications including vision-threatening eye disease, kidney disease and heart disease."

"Asian and Pacific Islander youth, particularly adolescents, have a high risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes: one in about 8,200 youth develops type 2 diabetes annually. Targeted public health efforts to address obesity and prevent type 2 diabetes among Asian and Pacific Islanders are needed," said Lenna Liu, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and lead author of "Diabetes in Asian and Pacific Islander Youth." "We also found that rates of type 1 diabetes in American-Asian/Pacific Islander children were higher than rates in Asia and the western Pacific region."

"Of all racial and ethnic groups in SEARCH, Navajo youth have the greatest risk of type 2 diabetes: one in 2,542 develop diabetes annually," said Dana Dabelea, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the Departme
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