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Diabetes Complications for Teens

Teenagers with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have signs of kidney damage and high blood pressure than teens with type 1 diabetes.

A group of investigators examined the prevalence of diabetes-related complications among young people with both types of the disease.

It was found that microalbuminuria (a sign of kidney damage) was detected in 28 percent of the type 2 diabetic patients compared with six percent of those with type 1 diabetes. High blood pressure was present in 36 percent of type 2 diabetes patients compared with 16 percent of type 1 diabetics.

Retinopathy was the only complication that was found to be significantly more common in type 1 diabetes patients than in those with type 2.

Experts say the findings of the study underscore the importance of screening children for complications when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to reverse complications.

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