Good News for Preventing Diabetes in Obese Adolescents

According to a September 2016 report in the journal Cell Physiologythe risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be predicted by the amount and type of fats in an adolescent’s blood. Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, United States, measured blood fats or lipids in 149 children 10 to 14 years of age. They recorded known risk factors such as…


  • ethnicity,
  • family history,
  • weight-to-height ratio,
  • blood pressure and pigmentation called acanthosis nigricans on the neck or underarms.


The participants were placed into two groups depending upon their known risk factors…


  • low-risk children had fewer than three risk factors.
  • high-risk individuals had more than three risk factors.


Sixty percent of the children were at a high danger of developing Type 2 diabetes based on the known risk factors. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides were abnormal in the high-risk group. The researchers concluded it would be possible to intervene and prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes based upon blood fat levels.

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