According to a study published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the age of onset of Type II diabetes mellitus is getting younger.

The study, conducted by Dr. John A. Morrison of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, revealed that patients were more likely to acquire Type II diabetes if they had a number of risk factors as a child.

The study suggests that if you answer yes to one or more of these questions, consider speaking to your family physician about your child’s risk for diabetes.

Does your child have:

  • high systolic blood pressure?
  • high body mass index?
  • high glucose levels?
  • little high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol?
  • high levels of triglycerides?

Researchers believe that these metabolic factors within children increase the risk for Type II diabetes in later life.  Further details can be found here:

Kids’ BP, BMI May Predict Diabetes Development