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New Screening Techniques To Distinguish Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Dr. Mark Atkinson, senior investigator feels this is very important, because of "the recent explosion in rates of type 2 diabetes observed in children and adolescents. We need better markers to distinguish this disease from cases of type 1 diabetes, a disorder we historically have linked to this age group."

Dr. Atkinson of the University of Florida, Gainesville and colleagues studied 41 young subjects with type 1 diabetes, 17 with type 2 diabetes and 43 controls.

Serum adiponectin concentrations were similar in type 1 diabetics and controls, but type 2 diabetics showed significantly lower levels.

Conversely, subjects with type 2 diabetes had significantly elevated levels of leptin compared to those in type 1 diabetics and in control subjects.

Moreover, say the investigators, evaluation of adiponectin-to-leptin ratios revealed a "striking difference" between children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Source:  Diabetes In

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