Study links child diabetes to growth hormone treatment

May 13, 2011 3:39:16 PM PDT
A new study finds that Type 2 diabetes is eight-and-a-half times more common among children in the U.S. treated with growth hormone.

Researchers say children in the study did not have Type 2 diabetes before treatment. They were given growth hormone for a variety of conditions including a deficiency of the hormone, very short stature or genetic disorders.

The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.