Funding renewed for youth diabetes research study

The nation’s largest study of childhood diabetes, led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received an additional five years of funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Funding renewed for youth diabetes research study click to enlarge Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

The Search for Diabetes in Youth study, led by Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been assessing the impact of diabetes on youth health and well-being for 10 years.

“In the first decade of this study, we have documented higher than expected rates of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children of all races, but particularly among African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians,” Mayer-Davis said. “It’s even more concerning that youth with either form of diabetes have worse cardiovascular disease risk profiles than youth without diabetes.”

Since 2000, researchers have been studying the prevalence, incidence and clinical characteristics of diabetes in more than 10,000 children and young people under age 20, collecting data on five racial/ethnic groups – non-Hispanic whites, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders and American Indians – at six study sites in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington.

UNC will receive $3.6 million from the latest round of funding.

Mayer-Davis said the study already had made important contributions, including findings related to diabetes complications, how types 1 and 2 differ (including by age, race/ethnicity and biological markers), the different types of care and medical treatment received by children and youth, and how diabetes affects their everyday lives.

The study’s co-principal investigator is Dana Dabelea, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Colorado. Find original story here.