Girls from age 6 to young adulthood came from near and far to Akron Children’s Turner Syndrome Conference to learn more about their health and become empowered patients.
Although short stature is a hallmark of Turner syndrome, this and other symptoms can be well-managed, especially with early detection. Dr. Cydney Fenton, director of diabetes and endocrinology at Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses the importance of working with a multidisciplinary team to care for girls affected by this condition.
Like any person with type 1 diabetes, Brianna Carr experiences quick changes in her blood sugar levels. The otherwise healthy, active 12 year old has her parents, Brad and Heather, and her medical team to help monitor her illness. She also has Rosie, a yellow Labrador retriever trained to recognize and alert others whenever Brianna’s blood sugar becomes too high or too low.
More than 30 percent of children and teens in Ohio are overweight or obese and at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
There’s a good reason that kids today seem to be growing up faster than previous generations. Studies have shown that both girls and boys are entering puberty earlier than children did 40 years ago. A study published last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that boys are now reaching puberty at the average age of 10, about 1½ years earlier than previous generations.
Growth is a complex process that can be influenced by many internal and external factors. There’s also a wide range of normal growth patterns in both height and weight for boys and girls. When kids are shorter than average, they likely come from families where one or both parents are short. The onset of puberty and the rapid growth and body changes associated with it are also tied to genetics.