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05-08-2018 | Type 2 diabetes | Review | Article

Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: New Lessons from the SEARCH Study

Current Diabetes Reports

Authors: Elizabeth T. Jensen, Dana Dabelea

Publisher: Springer US


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the recent body of evidence emerging for type 2 diabetes as identified through the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study.

Recent Findings

This body of evidence illustrates that type 2 diabetes continues to increase in incidence, although this increase may be partially attributable to increased surveillance. Disease management is influenced by the transition from adolescent to adult care and psychosocial factors may also contribute. This evidence also describes a high prevalence of disease-associated complications and comorbidities. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease are also highly prevalent.


The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study continues to inform our understanding of the descriptive epidemiology and natural history of type 2 diabetes in youth. As the cohort matures, new opportunities emerge for building on our understanding of how youth-onset type 2 diabetes impacts future health.

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