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

nt of Epidemiology at the University of Colorado Denver and lead author of "Diabetes in Navajo Youth." "In contrast, type 1 diabetes, although present, is relatively uncommon. We also found that many Navajo youth with diabetes have poor glycemic control and evidence of severe depression. Together with high prevalence of smoking, high-fat diets, sedentary lifestyles, and lower socioeconomic status, these findings may translate to an increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease as these youth mature."

"Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents and its occurrence is rising. The need for effective interventions to prevent new cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is urgent. At the same time, we need to assure that every child with diabetes receives the best available care that we know will prevent them from developing kidney failure, sight-threatening retinopathy or premature cardiovascular diseases," says Ann Albright, Ph.D., director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"These findings, which show unexpectedly high rates of childhood diabetes, paint a sobering picture of the heavy burden of diabetes on our young people. The new SEARCH data fill an important gap in our knowledge and will help guide future research and target efforts to improve the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications," said Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D., senior advisor for childhood diabetes research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health.

Those who develop diabetes in childhood are at increased risk for complications due to the longer duration of the disease compared with persons who develop diabetes as adults. "Continuing this surveillance effort is essential to document the future burden of diabetes and its complications on our youth, their families and the health care
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Contact: Jessica Guenzel
jguenzel@wfubmc.edu
336-716-3487
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
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