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Explain the condition called childhood diabetes.
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not accepted term
I assume you are referring to type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body makes antibodies against its own Insulin producing cells.
These patients can only be treated with insulin. We don't use "childhood" or "juvenile" diabetes anymore because children can get type 2, which is due to Insulin resistance usually from being overweight, and adults can get type 1.

In brief: Not accepted term
I assume you are referring to type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body makes antibodies against its own Insulin producing cells.
These patients can only be treated with insulin. We don't use "childhood" or "juvenile" diabetes anymore because children can get type 2, which is due to Insulin resistance usually from being overweight, and adults can get type 1.
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Childhood diabetes
In this day and age, some child now can have type 2 diabetes due to obesity so the term childhood diabetes doesn't tell much anymore.
The better term now is insulin-dependent or insulin-independent diabetes.

In brief: Childhood diabetes
In this day and age, some child now can have type 2 diabetes due to obesity so the term childhood diabetes doesn't tell much anymore.
The better term now is insulin-dependent or insulin-independent diabetes.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Jennie Law
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Dated
Before the current obesity epidemic, diabetes that started in childhood was usually type 1, which may be caused by autoimmunity.
However, with the current problems with childhood obesity, many young kids being diagnosed with diabetes are actually type 2, which is caused by obesity and genetics. 'childhood diabetes' is a dated term that is prob not helpful at distinguishing the type anymore.

In brief: Dated
Before the current obesity epidemic, diabetes that started in childhood was usually type 1, which may be caused by autoimmunity.
However, with the current problems with childhood obesity, many young kids being diagnosed with diabetes are actually type 2, which is caused by obesity and genetics. 'childhood diabetes' is a dated term that is prob not helpful at distinguishing the type anymore.
Dr. Jennie Law
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Dr. Yu Sun
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Inherited mostly
It is also called "juvenile" or "childhood" diabetes because it often emerges in a patient's early years.

In brief: Inherited mostly
It is also called "juvenile" or "childhood" diabetes because it often emerges in a patient's early years.
Dr. Yu Sun
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