What does double diabetes look like in someone with type 2 diabetes?
If a teenager or child with all of the typical clinical features of type 2 diabetes – excess body weight, acanthosis nigrican (velvety and dark colored skin of the neck, armpit and groin), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (for girls), positive family history of type 2, belonging to ethnic/racial minority group – has the presence of antibodies against the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas, we would say he or she has elements of both kinds of diabetes. A number of reports have described that as many as 15-20% of teens with the typical symptoms of type 2 diabetes have antibodies circulating in their blood. Because of the presence of these antibodies, they can no longer be considered a pure type 2 case.
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