Pediatricians Group Issues First-Ever Guidelines For Diabetic Kids

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ATLANTA (WAOK) – – For the first time ever, the American Academy of Pediatrics is coming out with specific guidelines for the treatment of children with Type 2 diabetes. They cover kids between ten and 18 years old, an age group that’s seen a growing trend toward obesity over the past several decades. And because with obesity comes a greater risk of health problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight-related diabetes, the AAP says doctors should be screening all obese children for diabetes. The new guidelines out Monday not only recommend insulin when needed and the anti-diabetic drug metformin, they also call for at least one hour a day of exercise and no more than two hours a day of TV, computer usage and video games.

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