Type 2 diabetes mellitus in European children and adolescents

Ewa Malecka-Tendera, Éva Erhardt, Dénes Molnár

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Aim: The aim of the study was to review the published and unpublished data on type 2 diabetes in European children in order to determine how common this problem is in the dominantly Caucasian population. Methods: The MEDLINE database was searched and a questionnaire was distributed among European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) representatives from 16 countries. Results: One hundred and eighty-four children with type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in Europe, 144 of them of Caucasian origin. The majority of them were overweight females and, had positive family history for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Conclusion: Because of the significant rates of type 2 diabetes in Europe, screening for it in obese children and adolescents is highly recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-546
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2005


  • Adolescents
  • Europe
  • Obese children
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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