Clinical characteristics of Western Australian children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before 10 years of age

Jacqueline A Curran, Aveni Haynes and Elizabeth A Davis
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50451
Published online: 3 February 2020

To the Editor: Over the past decades, the incidence of type 2 diabetes, rarely diagnosed in children and adolescents before the 1990s,1 has been increasing in young people in several populations, including Australia.2,3,4 Early onset type 2 diabetes appears to have a more severe phenotype compared with adult onset type 2 diabetes, and has a high prevalence of complications already present at the time of diagnosis despite the patients’ young age and short duration of the disease.5

  • Jacqueline A Curran1
  • Aveni Haynes2
  • Elizabeth A Davis1,2

  • 1 Perth Children's Hospital, Perth, WA
  • 2 Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA

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