Reducing Weight in Obese Children Lessens Diabetes Risk
It’s not too late to reduce your child’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers studied 2,728 American Indian children who didn’t have diabetes when they were ages 5 to 9. Kids who were obese—that is, in the top 5 percent of weight for their height—were between 3 and 20 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes over the following 12 years. But another study, involving more than 62,000 adult men in Denmark, suggests weight loss can lower that risk. The chance of developing type 2 diabetes after age 30 was no greater for those who were overweight at age 7 but had achieved a normal weight by the time they reached young adulthood than for those who were never overweight. Whether the findings apply to kids whose race—including American Indian, African American, and Latino—puts them at a higher risk for type 2 needs to be studied. But it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about weight loss if your child is overweight or obese.
Source: American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions