Turner Syndrome and Diabetes
A Summary of Turner Syndrome and Diabetes
Type II diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes or insulin-resistant diabetes (glucose intolerance), has a high occurrence rate in individuals with Turner syndrome.
Individuals with Turner syndrome have twice the risk of the general population for developing diabetes. It appears that many peope with Turner syndrome have muscles that fail to utilize glucose efficiently, and this may contribute to the development of high blood sugar (diabetes).
The reason for the high risk of diabetes amongst individuals with Turner syndrome is unknown.
Diabetes type II can be controlled through careful monitoring of blood-sugar levels, diet, exercise, regular doctor visits, and sometimes medication.