Select Complications of Type 2 Diabetes in Children

The following are some complications of Type 2 diabetes[1] in children:

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• Children with acanthosis nigricans develop dark, velvet-like skin around the neck, armpits, groin, between fingers and toes, or on elbows and knees.

• Girls may develop polycystic ovary syndrome[2] (PCOS). It is a hormone problem that can cause the ovaries to become enlarged and develop cysts (fluid-filled sacs).

• Hypertension (high blood pressure)

• Diabetes also can cause long-term complications, including heart disease, stroke, eye problems, kidney disease, nerve damage and gum disease. While these problems don’t usually show up in children or teens who’ve had Type 2 diabetes for only a few years, they can affect them in adulthood, particularly in those whose diabetes hasn’t been well controlled.

Endnotes:
  1. Type 2 diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-2-diabetes/
  2. polycystic ovary syndrome: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/pcos-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-diabetes/

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