Glycemic control and lipid outcomes in children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes

Academic Article


  • Background The incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in children has increased dramatically. However, limited published information is known about the glycemic control and lipid outcomes in pediatric T2DM outside of clinical trials. Objectives To determine the glycemic control and lipid measure outcomes at one and three- year follow- up in children with T2DM. Methods A retrospective electronic medical record review of children with T2DM at the Children's Hospital of Alabama over a 12-year period. Results There were 301 patients with a diagnosis of T2DM who had a 1-year follow-up visit, of which 184 also had a 3-year follow-up. Most patients (78%) received either insulin with metformin or insulin alone at diagnosis. At one year, 37% of the cohort achieved 'optimal glycemic control' (HbA1C ≤6.5%) and 58% of patients achieved durable glycemic control (HbA1C ≤8%). Optimal glycemic control was seen in 48 patients at 3 years. The patients treated with insulin (alone or in combination with metformin) tended to have higher HbA1C at diagnosis, but had improved lipid and glycemic outcomes at follow-up. The group treated with insulin along with metformin had significant improvements in non-HDL, HDL and TC/HDL ratios. The effects of insulin treatment on glycemic control at 3 years were not statistically significant. Conclusion With the current modality of treatment, only a minority of patients achieve optimal glycemic control at 1 and 3 years of follow-up. Studies are warranted to further elucidate the optimal therapies in the management of pediatric T2DM.
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  • PLoS One  Journal
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    Author List

  • Barr MM; Aslibekyan S; Ashraf AP
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 7