Diabetes in kids is different. In particular, it’s different for younger children compared to teens. That’s the message of a new study from the University of Exeter.

The researchers found children diagnosed with diabetes under the age of six have very few insulin-producing cells left.
Those who are diagnosed as teens still have large numbers of these cells.

Lead author Noel Morgan, PhD, said in a press release, “This is incredibly exciting, and could open the doors to new treatments for young people who develop diabetes. It was previously thought that teenagers with type 1 diabetes had lost around 90 per cent of their beta cells but … we have discovered that this is not true. Dr. Morgan specializes in endocrinology and is the Director of the Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Science at the University of Exeter Medical School.