Age of onset of diabetes

Pediatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, shares advice for parents on the most common age of onset of diabetes in children for both Type I and Type II diabetes
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Both types of diabetes can be diagnosed across the lifespan. Type I diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes, because 85% of the time it's diagnosed under the age of 18. But now we're learning that even 40-, 50-, 60-year olds can be diagnosed for the first time with Type I diabetes. The most common age of onset is during middle childhood, during the elementary school years, with a second peak during puberty. But children as young as nine months, ten months old can be diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Type II diabetes historically was called adult onset diabetes, but we now know that children can be diagnosed with it as well, so we call it Type II diabetes. It usually is not diagnosed until a child has started puberty, but with the obesity epidemic, we're seeing it diagnosed at younger and younger ages. A couple weeks ago I just diagnosed an 8-year old with Type II diabetes.

Pediatrician Jamie Wood, MD Clinical Diabestes, shares advice for parents on the most common age of onset of diabetes in children for both Type I and Type II diabetes

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Jamie R. Wood, MD

Pediatrician, Clinical Diabetes, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Jamie Wood was born and raised in Vermont, where she also attended medical school. She completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and her endocrine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard University. She moved to the Los Angeles area in 2008 and is now the Director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Wood’s specialty is the care of youth with type 1 and type 2 diabetes—a field she fell in love with during a medical student rotation at a summer camp for youth with diabetes.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, and playing with her husband and two children, Jackson and Olivia.

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