Boys Who Lose Excess Weight Lower Their Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes

Overweight boys who achieve a healthy body-mass index are no longer at elevated risk for incident type 2 diabetes as adults, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study.

Roughly 63,000 boys in Denmark had their BMIs assessed at ages 7 and 13 years. By age 30 and older, 11% had developed type 2 diabetes. For overweight boys who lost weight between ages 7 and 13 and then maintained a healthy BMI into early adulthood, the risk for incident type 2 diabetes was similar to that among men who were never overweight.

See what Dr. F. Bruder Stapleton has to say about the findings in NEJM Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

NEJM article (Free abstract)