What is it about?

A high BMI in childhood is associated with increased risks of developing type 2 diabetes only if it continued to adulthood. These associations are not influenced by educational and life style factors, which suggests that BMI is related to type 2 diabetes risk in the same way across levels of these factors.

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Why is it important?

Too many children today suffer from overweight and obesity and thus are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Weight loss interventions in adults convincingly delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in high-risk individuals. Yet, little is known about whether or not remission of overweight before adulthood can reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes later on.


Our results suggest that helping children with overweight to normalise their weight status prior to adulthood may reduce the subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood. Individuals of all levels of education and physical activity may benefit from health promoting interventions.

Lise Bjerregaard
Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Possible Modifiers of the Association Between Change in Weight Status From Child Through Adult Ages and Later Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Care, March 2020, American Diabetes Association,
DOI: 10.2337/dc19-1726.
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