Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Poor Children More Likely To Develop Diabetes As Adults

Date:
June 22, 2008
Source:
Center for the Advancement of Health
Summary:
Diabetes strikes harder at those who were poor as children, according to a new study that spans more than three decades. Participants who were disadvantaged in youth were more likely to develop diabetes than better-off peers were during the 34-year study time frame.

Diabetes strikes harder at those who were poor as children, according to a new study that spans more than three decades. Participants who were disadvantaged in youth were more likely to develop diabetes than better-off peers were during the 34-year study time frame.

“Our study, among others, shows a strong, persistent effect of childhood socioeconomic position on the development of diabetes in adulthood, even after taking later-life socioeconomic position into account,” said lead author Siobhan Maty, an epidemiologist at the Portland State University School of Community Health in Oregon.

Maty and fellow researchers evaluated data from a study of adults ages 17 to 94 residing in Alameda County, Calif., from 1965 through 1999. Of the 5,913 participants, 307 developed diabetes during the 34 years. Almost 65 percent were from poor households in childhood. Fifty-four percent of those with diabetes were women.

“Type 2 diabetes can take 10 to 15 years to develop to the point where the individual is aware of signs and symptoms and seeks clinical care,” Maty said. The long study years allowed for “better estimation of the number of study participants who developed diabetes during that time period, and gives us enough cases to ensure statistically meaningful results,” she said.

Being overweight or obese as an adult further increased the risk of developing diabetes in this group.

Adam Drewnowski, a professor of epidemiology and director of the University of Washington Center for Obesity Research, has previously explored the link between obesity and poverty. “The fight against obesity and the eradication of poverty are, in fact, one and the same,” he said. “It is difficult to design effective weight control strategies without taking the root causes of obesity and diabetes into account.”

He added, “Some believe that the doors of opportunity have slammed shut. Childhood poverty is on the rise. Does it mean that we are becoming an obese nation? I am afraid that it does.”

Maty SC, et al. Childhood socioeconomic position, gender, adult body mass index and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus over 34 years in the Alameda County Study. Am J Public Health 98(8), 2008.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Center for the Advancement of Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Center for the Advancement of Health. "Poor Children More Likely To Develop Diabetes As Adults." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 June 2008. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080619151917.htm>.
Center for the Advancement of Health. (2008, June 22). Poor Children More Likely To Develop Diabetes As Adults. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080619151917.htm
Center for the Advancement of Health. "Poor Children More Likely To Develop Diabetes As Adults." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080619151917.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Big Pharma Braces for M&A Wave

Big Pharma Braces for M&A Wave

Reuters - Business Video Online (Apr. 22, 2014) Big pharma on the move as Novartis boss, Joe Jimenez, tells Reuters about plans to transform his company via an asset exchange with GSK, and Astra Zeneca shares surge on speculation that Pfizer is looking for a takeover. Joanna Partridge reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Study Says Most Crime Not Linked To Mental Illness

Study Says Most Crime Not Linked To Mental Illness

Newsy (Apr. 22, 2014) A new study finds most crimes committed by people with mental illness are not caused by symptoms of their illness or disorder. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Hagel Gets Preview of New High-Tech Projects

Hagel Gets Preview of New High-Tech Projects

AP (Apr. 22, 2014) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is given hands-on demonstrations Tuesday of some of the newest research from DARPA _ the military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program. (April 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
How Smaller Plates And Cutlery Could Make You Feel Fuller

How Smaller Plates And Cutlery Could Make You Feel Fuller

Newsy (Apr. 22, 2014) NBC's "Today" conducted an experiment to see if changing the size of plates and utensils affects the amount individuals eat. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins