Dr. Morrison says that one in four kids who visit her clinic have prediabetes, blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes won’t always turn into type 2 diabetes (when the body makes insulin but cannot use it properly), but when it does, it has the same complications as in adults: an increased risk of eye, kidney and heart disease and poor blood supply to the limbs, possibly resulting in amputation, for example.
Obesity is a major cause of prediabetes. “Reversing prediabetes is possible in adults, and we think it will also be possible in children,” adds Dr. Morrison. “One of the biggest ways to prevent it is to avoid obesity in the first place.”
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