What puts overweight children at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes?
Overweight adults are not the only ones at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
This chronic illness can also occur in overweight children, especially when they reach puberty. In fact, it is at this critical period in their growth and development that overweight children are at greatest risk of developing diabetes.
“During puberty, the body produces a range of hormones to physically transform the child into an adult. These hormones also raise blood glucose levels as they act against insulin, whose action is to reduce blood glucose,” said Associate Professor Fabian Yap, Head and Senior Consultant,
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), a member of the
Just like in adults, the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes in children include:
All these factors combined raise the level of blood glucose in the bloodstream of an overweight child, which leads to diabetes.
Read on to find out about the
symptoms of Type 2 diabetes in children.
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This article was last reviewed on
22 Nov 2023
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