Pediatricians have seen a rapid rise in type two diabetes over the past 20 years.
Now a new study reveals the disease progresses faster in children than in adults and is harder to treat.
Researchers followed almost 700 children who were obese and diabetic.
They found oral medications that are able to treat most adults stopped working in about half the patients within several years ... and these kids needed to add insulin shots to control their blood sugar.
The reasons for faster disease progression are not clear but experts suspect growth spurts and hormonal changes during puberty may be to blame.