Microalbuminuria and abnormal ambulatory blood pressure in adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus

J Pediatr. 2005 Jul;147(1):67-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2005.02.003.


Objective: To determine whether risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetic nephropathy, as evidenced by abnormalities of ambulatory blood pressure (ABP), dyslipidemia, and microalbuminuria (MA), are present in adolescents with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Study design: We enrolled 26 minority adolescents recently diagnosed with T2DM and 13 obese control subjects without diabetes mellitus. ABP monitoring was performed, and a 24-hour urine, a fasting lipid profile, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, homocysteine, and hemoglobin A 1 c levels were obtained. The patients with T2DM underwent echocardiograms.

Results: Forty percent of the patients with T2DM had MA (> or = 30 mg of microalbumin/day), compared with none of the control subjects ( P < .05). There were no significant differences between patients with T2DM who had MA and patients with T2DM who didn't have MA in demographics, characteristics, casual BP, echocardiographic findings, and hemoglobin A 1 c levels. Average daytime systolic BP was greater in patients with T2DM with MA than patients without MA (129 versus 121 mm Hg, P = .03) and compared with the control subjects (113 mm Hg, P = .01). Patients with MA had an average daytime systolic BP load that was higher than patients without MA (37.1 versus 5.1%, P = .008) and compared with the control subjects (2.6%, P < .001).

Conclusion: As in adults, adolescents with T2DM exhibit abnormalities of ABP, dyslipidemia, and microalbuminuria.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • African Americans
  • Albuminuria / ethnology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / ethnology*
  • Hypertension / ethnology*
  • Male
  • New York City / epidemiology
  • Statistics, Nonparametric