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A 3-year-old American girl has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – a condition linked to obesity – making her one of the youngest people ever detected with the disease. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "adult-onset" because it is most common among the middle-aged and elderly, but in the last two decades increasing numbers of children have succumbed, due to poor diets and lack of exercise.For the Hispanic toddler who presented at his Houston clinic, the main symptoms were excessive urination and thirst, although her past medical history was unremarkable. However, both her weight of 35 kilos and her body mass index were in the top 5 percent of all children her age.Yafi said the case showed that Type 2 diabetes could be reversed in children by early diagnosis, appropriate therapy and changes in lifestyle.
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