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July 28, 2006

Childhood Diabetes Linked to Heart Disease

A new study published in the August issue of the Diabetes Care journal has found that children with diabetes are at increased risk for premature heart disease. Researchers examined 2,096 children and teens with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Researchers measured the children's waist circumference, as a marker for obesity. They also did blood tests to determine levels of cholesterol and triglyceridestriglycerides (blood fat), and checked blood pressure readings. They found a high prevalence of these risk factors for heart disease, even in children younger than age 10.

Kids With Diabetes Face Heart Risks

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