Youth with diabetes may have higher cardiovascular risk factors

September 11, 2008

Children and adolescents may be more likely to have risk factors for heart disease if they have diabetes, according to research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting, Reuters reports.

Children and adolescents may be more likely to have risk factors for heart disease if they have diabetes, according to research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting, Reuters reports.

The researchers studied 331 participants ages 10 to 22. Among those with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure was in 27% compared with 5% of those without diabetes. In addition, 86% of youth with type 2 diabetes were obese, compared to 26% of those without diabetes.

In addition, 25% of children with diabetes had lowel HDL cholesterol levels, compared with 5% of those without diabetes.

The investigators stated that their data support the notion that early treatment and prevention strategies to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease are need.