Predisposition to diabetes can be predicted at the age of eight

According to a study presented by scientists at the University of Bristol (UK) this year at the meeting of the European Association for the study of diabetes in Spain, the early signs of type 2 diabetes can be observed as early as the age of eight. This discovery will help experts to apply preventive measures for predisposed to the disease much earlier, according to EurekAlert.

Data from more than 4,000 participants was selected for the study. Investigators focused on the study of genetic risk factors for diabetes, and then compared the available data of the subjects with metabolic rates at an early age. Genetic risk was assessed four times: once in childhood (8 years), twice in adolescence (16 and 18 years), once in youth (25 years).

The researchers identified the earliest marker of diabetes risk — high-density lipoprotein ("good" cholesterol) levels. In those who are predisposed to the disease, it is reduced already at the age of eight years.

By the age of 16-18, there were high levels of "bad " cholesterol — low-density lipoproteins, as well as other metabolic disruptions.

Thus, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be determined decades before the onset of serious symptoms. Knowing about the predisposition, you can begin to apply preventive measures in advance to stop the progression of the disease.

Sept. 19, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

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