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[Correspondence] Type 2 diabetes in youth is a disease of poverty

We commend the Review by Russell Viner and colleagues (June 3, p 2252)1 on the topic of type 2 diabetes in adolescents. We were pleased that the authors acknowledged the crucial importance of the psychological and social challenges that adolescents with type 2 diabetes face. However, few clinical guidelines or expert recommendations acknowledge that these challenges might be grounded in the social conditions in which these adolescents live.2 Specifically, a substantial proportion of young people with type 2 diabetes live in poverty or socially disadvantaged households (table).

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