Diabetes Forecast

Weight Loss Helps Overweight Kids Avoid Type 2 Later

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,

Blooma/Creative Market

It’s well-known that overweight children are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood. But does that risk reverse itself if they lose weight before they become adults? Yes, according to a study of 62,565 men whose weights and heights had been measured at ages 7 and 13. In those who were overweight at age 7 but who had dropped to a normal weight by age 13, the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by age 60 was no different than for those who had never been overweight. Losing weight in young adulthood—ages 17 to 26—also reduced the risk compared with maintaining excess weight the entire time.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online April 5, 2018



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