Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 18, 2007
Type 2 in Youth
Question from Leon, Mexico:
Are there any surveys about the risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes in children? Is there anything about nutrition/food habits, physical activity, etc.?
I am afraid that the answer to type 2 development in children is likely the exact same thing as in adults: obesity, especially central obesity, acanthosis nigricans, lipid and blood pressure abnormalities, premature adrenarche, polycystic ovarian disease – all related factors. Genetic factors are less well identified but, likely, also very important since type 2 diabetes clearly “runs in families.” Prior history of small for gestational age birth looks like it also may be a risk factor.