Screen kids at risk of type 2 diabetes: New guidelines

One third of children and teenagers with type 2 diabetes are asymptomatic, endocrinologists say

A more targeted approach to screening for type 2 diabetes is needed in children and adolescents, according to doctors who have developed the first Australasian paediatric consensus guidelines.

The new advice, which sets HbA1c target levels at 6.5% or lower, recommends more frequent screening of overweight and obese children, particularly in high-risk ethnic groups.

Guideline developers, led by paediatric endocrinologist Dr Alexia Peña, said recent international guidelines had failed to take into account the