Darrell Wilson

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  • Progress in the treatment of childhood diabetes mellitus and obesity JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY & METABOLISM Wilson, D. M. 2002; 15: 745-749


    The 61st Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Philadelphia, PA, (June 22-26, 2001) presented many topics of interest to pediatric clinicians. Of particular interest were the results of the insulin injection arm of the Diabetes Prevention Trial for type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) (DPT-1). Over 80,000 relatives of patients with type 1 DM were screened. Ultimately, 339 subjects were randomized either to active therapy (twice daily insulin injections plus an annual insulin infusion) or to close observation. Risk prediction algorithms appeared to be accurate. Unfortunately, however, insulin therapy did not decrease the risk of developing DM. Of note, this was primarily a pediatric study with most of those randomized under 21 years of age. As expected, young subjects (<12 years) progressed toward the development of DM at a faster rate than older subjects (>15 years). The second arm of the DPT-1 trial, testing oral insulin in those with intermediate risk (25-50%) for DM, is still recruiting subjects. The controversial topic of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) in young children was also addressed. Many investigators presented data strongly supporting the successful use of infusion pumps in young children. In general, glycemic control was improved or remained stable, the incidence of severe hypoglycemia was low, and families reported more flexibility in their lifestyle. Obesity, an increasing problem in pediatric patients, was also addressed.

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