Parental history of type 2 diabetes may increase risk for a range of cardiometabolic risk factors in Asian-Indian teens, research suggests

MedWire (2/19, Grice) reported, “A parental history of type 2 diabetes increases the risk for a range of cardiometabolic risk factors including glucose intolerance, obesity, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and hypertension in Asian–Indian adolescents,” according to findings published in the journal Metabolism Clinical and Experimental. For the study, researchers “recruited 321 adolescents aged 12 to 19 years from the Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study. The adolescents were evaluated in three groups based on their parents’ diabetic status: offspring of parents with normal glucose tolerance, offspring of one diabetic parent, and offspring of two diabetic parents.” The researchers found “the presence of two metabolic abnormalities was found in 7.6 percent of adolescents with non-diabetic parents, 14.9 percent with one diabetic parent, and 22.5 percent of adolescents with two diabetic parents.”