Children Aged 8 can show signs of Adult Type 2 Diabetes


The study of life over the past centuries have debunked many misconceptions about life and its forms. The knowledge we have today seems like a lot compared to olden times.Though, we still have a long way to go to completely understand the works of nature. So far, we have learnt that non-contagious diseases just don’t appear in humans, they develop over time. A latest study on the development of type 2 diabetes uncovered similar results suggesting that the susceptibility to Adult type 2 diabetes can appear in children as young as when they are 8 years of age.

A Study Explores the Development of Type II Diabetes

Researchers from University of Bristol conducted a study on the development of type 2 diabetes in adults. The objective of the research was to understand the onset and progress of type 2 diabetes that is affecting more than four hundred million people worldwide. The study explored the disease development by investigating the genetic liability in adults with relation to the metabolic characteristics across childhood and teenage.

The researchers analyzed almost 5000 young participants in the study. They examined the metabolomic traits at the ages of 8 years, 16 years, 18 years, and 25 years. The results showed that at the age of 8 years the associations for type 2 diabetes were most evident. The indicative shifts in good cholesterol appeared at this age. Followed by amino acid and inflammation changes at the age of 16 and 18 years. And at the age of 25 years these changes had strengthened and remained consistent.

Type 2 diabetes is most common in people in old age and can be difficult to deal with especially in poor countries. This study can help scientists identify the early onset age of type 2 diabetes as the diagnosis usually happens at older ages. This can also help experts to tackle the disease. Because of this study, now we know that scientists can identify the early signs of vulnerability to this disease almost 50 years before its onset and thus we can manage it from very early on.

Note: The study shows the “vulnerability” to type 2 diabetes not the clinical disease itself. It is rare for young people to get this clinical disease, though, some children and young adults do have it. Experts claim that obesity and junk food is the cause for type 2 diabetes in young people.

Parenting is the most common and most difficult full-time job. But being a parent to children suffering from diseases only adds to this already trying job. You can only do so much to help alleviate your kid’s suffering. Thankfully enough, with the development of technology, the modern parent is much assisted and can use technology as cell phone monitoring for parents to their benefit. From having as little as a mobile phone tracking app, to going the extra mile and staying home with your child while working online, technology has helped us a lot. This study will also benefit us by helping us identifying diabetes early and taking precautions for it.


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