Obese teens do not need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study.
Researchers found that obese teens who reduced their body mass index (BMI) by 8 percent or more had improvements in insulin sensitivity, a measure of how well the body processes insulin and an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. BMI is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight.
“This threshold effect that occurs at 8 percent suggests that obese adolescents don’t need to lose enormous amounts of weight to achieve improvements,” study co-author Dr. Lorraine Levitt Katz, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Diabetes Center for Children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said in a hospital news release.
“The improvements in insulin sensitivity occurred after four months of participating in a lifestyle-modification program,” Katz said. Continue reading