Thursday, 19 Apr 2018
Health

Diabetes Guide – Basics: Slim – And Yet Diabetes?

Original title: Change in Overweight from Childhood to Early Adulthood and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes Advisor – Anyone who is overweight as a child has an increased risk of having too high a body weight even in adulthood and suffering from complications, especially type 2 diabetes. But what about the future diabetes risk if children reduce their overweight? Can you escape the unfavorable fate? A 6-member Danish research team dedicated itself to this topic. The researchers carried out a study on 62565 men, of whom they had already measured weight and height in childhood and adolescence at the age of 7 and 13 years and in early adulthood (17 to 26 years). Data on whether men now at least 30 years of age had type 2 diabetes were collected using Danish health records. The following were found: Being overweight at 7 or 13 or in early adulthood, there was an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The association was stronger if the overweight at a later age still existed and the sooner the men became ill with diabetes. Boys who were able to successfully lose weight and reach normal weight before the age of 13 had the same risk of developing type 2 diabetes at the age of 30 to 60 years as boys who were never overweight. The weight loss already in early life years thus offered a protection against diabetes. However, when weight loss and the attainment of normal weight took place later, even if normal weight existed in adulthood, a significantly higher risk of diabetes was detected. However, the risk of men who were slim in adulthood, but overweight in childhood and adolescence, was lower than that of men, who were still overweight in adulthood. The results show that it is extremely rewarding to counter obesity in children before adolescence. In this way, the later risk of diabetes, here in this study only related to boys, can be reduced. Even today, lean people who were overweight in childhood and adolescence should take their diabetes risk seriously, as the results of the study show that the diabetes risk is increased by the too much weight in the younger years of life. Credentials: Source: German Health Portal Bjerregaard LG, Jensen BW, Ängquist L, Osler M, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. Change in Overweight from Childhood to Early Adulthood and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2018 Apr 5; 378 (14): 1302-1312. doi: 10.1056 / NEJMoa1713231.

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