Alarm over rise in kids’ diabetes cases in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Two out of nine diabetic children that a hospital here examined last year had the rare type two diabetes, usually reported in people above 40 years, a medical expert has said, cautioning that lifestyle anomalies could make this strain of the disease more common than type one if the situation is not tackled seriously.

By Sadiq A. Salam

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Published: Sat 25 Dec 2004, 11:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:35 PM

“This is the first time that we have received so many cases,” said Dr Abeer Al Khalafawi, paediatrician at the Saqer Hospital.

“The non-insulin dependant diabetes mellitus type is very rare among children and usually occurs in people over 40 years of age and develops when the insulin does not work properly, a condition we call insulin resistance,” Dr Khalafawi told Khaleej Times on Thursday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Paediatric Society.

The hospital has so far registered 50 children with type one diabetes.

“However, in the light of the rate of spread of the disease in the country, we have come to the conclusion that type two might even exceed type one in children if we don’t take serious preventive measures,” she said.

Statistics showed that, “45 per cent, or almost half of the diabetic cases among children in the US are of type two, which is alarming. We need to begin to tackle this problem,” she said.

As for the causes of the disease, she said: “Many factors contribute to its occurrence, but mainly obesity, intake of high calories besides sedentary lifestyle.”

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