Diabetes.co.uk| January 2020 | Results of long-term study could help identify children at risk of future type 2 diabetes
University of Plymouth & Nestle researchers have identified biological and physiological factors which lead to the development of type 2 diabetes in adults.
The EarlyBird cohort study followed 300 healthy children in Plymouth, for 15 years to determine who would become at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and why. The findings have been published in the journal Diabetes Care
Jon Pinkney, Professor of Endocrinology and Diabetes in the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Medical School and Honorary Consultant Physician in Endocrinology and Diabetes at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust said:
“The rapidly rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest global health challenges, and there is an urgent need to develop effective strategies for early intervention and prevention.
“The research partnership between University of Plymouth and Nestlé has shown how the risks of future type 2 diabetes can be predicted in childhood. This opens up the possibility of individualised advice and early intervention to reduce the risks of future type 2 diabetes.” (Source: University of Plymouth)
The press release from University of Plymouth also provides more information on the EarlyBird study, available here
The abstract is available from Diabetes Care but for the full contact the Library & Knowledge Service
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