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Insulin levels in African American children worsen through puberty

trated that puberty may have a unique effect on beta cell compensation to insulin resistance in young African Americans.

Puberty is a transient phase that may act as an accelerator to increase diabetes risk in some individuals, said Ball, also director of the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (PCWH) at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. Insulin sensitivity usually decreases at puberty onset, but most often returns to normal afterwards. Our data reveal that a return to normal or baseline levels may not occur in all children, including African Americans, who we know are at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes," he said. "Puberty is just one part of this picture; we need to consider a host of factors that contribute to diabetes risk , but we now know that physiological changes during puberty may make an important contribution to the risk profile."


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Contact: Phoebe Dey
phoebe.dey@ualberta.ca
780-492-0437
University of Alberta
10-Mar-2006


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