Right, before we get to the three-year-old girl who doctors diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes, allow us a dewy-eyed, rose-hued, self-indulgent panegyric dedicated to the wonderful folks who produce the show “Maury.” What a show, what a show. In its prime, “Maury” was simply the best daytime talk show, forever standing out, its episodes the honey bunches in a vast bowl of nondescript flakes.
This is in part because of the show’s unwavering dedication to capturing wild ratchetry in all its obscene and grotesque iterations. And this was best exemplified in the show’s episodes devoted to plus-sized babies and toddlers. One of the hardest things to perfect in entertainment is tone, or rather, achieving a perfect balance between differing moods. How do you inject flippancy in the melancholy without forfeiting the tone that was produced prior, and further, how do you make the audience believe it? The fat baby episodes were clinics in playing with tones and the feelings of the audience. When the baby waddled out onto the stage, heaving, pouring sweat, inexplicably dressed in only a diaper to highlight the rank neglect, the audience lurched through several emotions; thoughts of sadness, despair, wonderment were all coursing through minds, while the heart burned, and the aorta congealed in a sort of body-to-body display of empathy for this baby, whose arterial highways were more clogged than the Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour.
Those “Maury” fat baby episodes were the only things that came to mind when the news broke about a three-year-old in Texas who physicians diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes has become more prevalent among children, and though there is no international registry for type 2 diabetes, the toddler is believed to be the youngest ever diagnosed with the disease. The case is being presented this week at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm by Michael Yafi. Yafi is the director of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Texas, Houston, the clinic that treated the toddler.
“This is a global problem. Type 2 diabetes is no longer limited to adults. Now when I see any obese child I screen the patient for type 2 diabetes,” said Yafi.
The toddler was checked into the clinic in Houston at 77 pounds, with symptoms of excessive urination and thirst. Oddly enough, the toddler’s family medical history showed no signs of diabetes, and before the diabetes diagnosis, the toddler’s medical history was blank.
Fortunately, if type 2 diabetes is found in toddlers early, through treatment, the condition could be reversed. After determining that the toddler did not have type 1 diabetes, doctors administered a liquid diet and a prescription of the drug metformin. After six months, she showed signs of weight loss and was taken off treatment.
In 2014, there were an estimated 387 million diabetics worldwide. The International Diabetes Foundation predicts that the number could balloon to over 500 million by 2035. How many seasons of “Maury” is that then?