Residency: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Board Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
Tariq Ahmad, MD, is an expert in endocrinology, which includes endocrine disorders such as diabetes, thyroid disease, obesity, growth hormone disorders, optic nerve hypoplasia, pituitary tumors, and adrenal insufficiency. Dr. Ahmad specializes in adolescent growth problems, including pubertal issues, thyroid problems, and childhood diabetes. Children diagnosed with obesity-related diabetes are more likely to experience kidney failure and death than adults developing the same health problems.
In the United States, one of every three children born in the year 2000 will eventually develop diabetes. An increase in obesity is the reason for this predicted upsurge. Nearly one third of all adults in the United States are obese.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Type 1 Diabetes
Previously known as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes,” type 1 diabetes is a life-long condition in which the pancreas stops making insulin. Without insulin, the body is not able to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy.
Type 2 Diabetes
Previously known as “non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes,” type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes mellitus. About 90 to 95 percent of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but either do not make enough insulin or are not able to use the insulin their bodies make.
Optic nerve hypoplasia
This is a medical condition leading to underdevelopment of the optic nerves.
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