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Youth-onset diabetes tied to severe obesity, study finds

Researchers found that Native American children and adolescents with a body mass index at 140% of the 95th percentile had a twofold increased risk for youth-onset type 2 diabetes -- with the risk ratios at 2.3 and 5.1 for younger boys and girls, respectively, and at 3.1 and 2.4 for older boys and girls, respectively -- compared with youths whose BMI were at 100% to 120% of the 95th percentile. The findings in Pediatric Diabetes, based on 7,045 youths, revealed that parental diabetes and in utero exposure to maternal diabetes were also associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes in children.

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