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Type 2 diabetes usually develops in middle or old age, but now pediatricians are seeing type 2 in children as young as 4. Experts warn that more children will develop type 2 as the U.S. population becomes increasingly overweight. The trend has prompted both the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatrics to publish guidelines on the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in children in the March issues of both Diabetes Care and Pediatrics.
According to Diabetes Dateline, children who are most susceptible have some or all of the following characteristics:
* The BMI is equal to a person's body weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared.
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