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Type 2 Diabetes and Double Diabetes

Increasing obesity and poor fitness has lead to a remarkable increase in type 2 diabetes in youth and young adults and to what is called "double diabetes."

Type 2 diabetes was once known as "adult-onset diabetes" but this term is no longer used because Type 2 is on the rise in all age groups, including among children.

Double diabetes is when a person with type 1 diabetes has elements of type 2 or when a person with type 2 diabetes has elements of type 1.

Selected Studies about Type 2 Diabetes in Children

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Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD, has had a 30 year distinguished career in the field of diabetes. In May, 2009, she became the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Clinical Diabetes for Medtronic Diabetes (Northridge, California). She is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California, and an attending physician at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman has published more than 200 scientific articles and authored of 30 books or book chapters. In 2008, she edited the 5th edition of the ADA's The Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes. In 2005 her book, Diabesity, was published by Bantam. Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She served as chair of the Youth Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation. In 2007, she was Co-Chair of the Diabetes Work Group for the Department of Health Services of the State of California. In 2005, she was elected to the Institute of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Kaufman filmed a documentary for Discovery Health on the global diabetes epidemic.


Neal Kaufman, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Co-Director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities. He is also a Commissioner on the First 5 LA Commission -- a 150 million dollar per year tobacco-tax-funded grant making foundation which is part of government -- charged with improving outcomes for young children. Dr. Kaufman is the former Director of Primary Care Pediatrics and holder of the Endowed Chair in Community Child Health at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Prior to that position, Dr. Kaufman was the Director of Community Pediatrics for Los Angeles County's Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. In both positions, his primary responsibilities were to provide health care to vulnerable children and their families in the context of educating young doctors. He also was instrumental in creating a variety of successful programs addressing complex patient health and educational needs. In 2004 and after his 26 year career in academic general pediatrics, Dr. Kaufman founded the Diabetes Prevention Source to bring technological solutions to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease and to improve the lives of those with diabetes.

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