Kids With Diabetes Face Heart Risks
92% of Kids With Type 2 Diabetes Have 2 or More Additional Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Heart Risk Among Ethnic Groups continued...
"We saw more cardiovascular risk factors than you would expect to see in
the general population, even in the children with type 1 diabetes," Beatriz
L. Rodriguez, MD, PhD, tells WebMD.
The ADA recommends that children with diabetes be monitored carefully for
these risk factors, and treated with drugs if necessary.
Rizza says the evidence is mounting that controlling risk factors for heart
disease in children with diabetes is at least as important as controlling them
in adults with the disease.
That means losing weight, if the children are overweight or obese, getting
regular exercise, and taking medication, if needed, to keep blood pressure,
cholesterol, and blood sugar at recommended levels.
"We know that we can dramatically lower risk, and maybe even remove it,
by doing this," he says.