Healthy weight entering teen years reduces diabetes odds

Can A Healthy Weight For Your Child Prevent Diabetes?

According to a recent study at the University of Copenhagen, children who are overweight and reach a healthy weight by the age of 13 have the same odds of being diagnosed with diabetes as those children who do not have weight issues. Diabetes can develop when the body cannot properly use insulin to turn food into energy.

Why might a child’s weight in the teenage years matter?

In adolescence you become more resistant to insulin as a natural part of puberty. The muscles and organs do not use insulin well after puberty and it takes more to get the same job done.

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This study raises an interesting point about managing a child’s weight, especially in adolescence, but it appears that it is very beneficial to have your children at a healthy weight as they enter their teenage years to help decrease their odds of getting diabetes.

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