SOURCE: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

March 27, 2007 17:52 ET

Type 2 Diabetes Present in Jamaican Youth

New Research Points to Growing Worldwide Obesity Trend Amongst Adolescents

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- New research indicates that a significant number of Jamaican adolescents and young adults are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a disease once seen almost exclusively in middle aged and elderly adults. These findings will be presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress which will be held April 11-15 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle.

"Type 2 diabetes at this age can be considered an indicator of obesity in a society. This research helps confirm that the 'obesity epidemic' is not just an American problem," Marshall Tulloch-Reid, MBBS, DSc, FACE, the study's author said. "It is becoming a significant public health challenge in the developing world."

In America, adolescents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are generally between ten and 19 years old, obese, have a family history of type 2 diabetes, and are insulin resistant. Because there is no golden rule to differentiate the types of childhood diabetes, Dr. Tulloch-Reid's research is significant as he presents criteria that can be used to identify patients who may have type 2 diabetes. It is the first profile of youth onset type 2 diabetes from the English Speaking Caribbean.

As more adolescents become obese at an earlier age, they are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to Tulloch-Reid, "Surveys in Jamaica show that nearly 19 percent of adolescents are considered obese. One in five diabetic youths in this study was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes."

This original research is being presented by Dr. Tulloch-Reid, along with colleagues from The University of the West Indies and the Kingston Public Hospital.

This study will be featured as part of a poster session held during the Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress. Members of the press are invited to attend on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The preview session will be located at the Convention Center Exhibit Hall 4E in Seattle. Dr. Tulloch-Reid will be available in the media room to discuss his findings on Friday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Media Registration

Media Registration is available free to members of the working media. Online registration is available at During the Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress, the Media Room will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 14, 2007.

About AACE

AACE is a professional medical organization with more than 6,000 members in the United States and 84 other countries. Founded in 1991, AACE is dedicated to the optimal care of patients with endocrine problems. AACE conducts continuing education programs for clinical endocrinologists, physicians whose specialized training enables them to be experts in the care of endocrine diseases like diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, hypertension and obesity. For further information about AACE and the Annual Meeting, visit

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