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More common for obese kids to suffer from pre-diabetes in Sweden than Germany

Published tisdag 16 juli 2013 kl 17.43
Overweight children. File photo: Sjach Aivazov / Scanpix.

More than one in every six obese children in Sweden show early signs of diabetes, according to a new study from Karolinska Institute.

The study included over 35,000 obese children and adolescents in both Germany and Sweden. The study found that it's three times more common that children in Sweden have early signs of diabetes than children in Germany.

Emilia Hagman, a doctoral student who helped conduct the study, says in a press release that they can only speculate about the reason for this, but one possible cause could be differences in early nutrition.

News agency TT reports the risk rises with a child's age, however, gender and the degree of obesity can also play a role.

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