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Obesity linked to diabetes rise

An increase in rates of type-2 diabetes is linked to rising obesity levels, a review article in the Journal of Pediatrics has argued.

Orit Pinhas-Hamiel, of Sheba Medical Center in Israel and Philip Zeitler, of the University of Colorado, conducted of reviews and reports concerning type-2 diabetes in children between 1978 and 2004.

The study argues that rising worldwide rates of both obesity and type-2 diabetes, over the past 15-years, are connected and largely because weight gain leads to a drop in the body's production of insulin.

Poor nutrition and a lack of exercise were also highlighted as contributing factors to the trend.

Type-2 diabetes, which is often associated with adults, now forms 45 per cent of new diabetes cases in adolescents, the researchers found.

A recent study in east London warned of a "time-bomb" in childhood type-2 diabetes, arguing that the scale of the problem in the UK has been heavily underestimated.


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