Overweight Boys Who Lose Weight As Children Reduce Diabetes Risks

Overweight boys who lose the weight by young adulthood face the same risks of developing type 2 diabetes as do young adults who were not obese as children. This is according to a study presented at the American Diabetes Association's 77th Scientific Sessions.

The study was conducted in Denmark and analyzed the association between patterns of weight status in childhood and young adulthood in the development of type 2 diabetes. The authors wondered if boys who normalized their weight by age 18 can reverse the negative impact of being overweight during adolescence.

"These findings suggest that adverse metabolic health consequences of being overweight in childhood may possibly be reversed."

The study's lead author, Lise G. Bjerregaard, PhD, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Frederiksberg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark says that the research team was excited to discover this result.

The authors used the Centers for Disease Control's guidelines for early childhood obesity and the World Health Organization's Body Mass Index classifications. Data from 62,565 men in Denmark were used with weight and height measurements starting at age 7 and through to age 26. About 5.4 percent of men were overweight in childhood and 8.2 percent in young adulthood. Forty percent of those who were overweight in childhood remained so in young adulthood. By age 30, those who'd normalized their weight before young adulthood were at the same risk of type 2 diabetes as were those whose weight was normal throughout childhood.

“Our results highlight the need for normalizing weight among overweight children before they reach adulthood,” Bjerregaard said. “Prevention and treatment interventions of overweight pediatric populations should be a priority in many countries around the world, especially where there are higher incidences of obese children and rising rates of type 2 diabetes.”

Source: PharmacyTimes.com

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