Adversity in childhood tied to increased likelihood of Type 2 diabetes in early adulthood: study – CTV

April 25, 2023

It’s common knowledge that our childhood experiences continue to affect us into adulthood, but according to a new study looking at 1.3 million people in Denmark, facing adversity in childhood may also increase your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

The study, published last week in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, looked at different types of childhood adversity, such as dealing with parental illness or death, or persistent poverty, and then looked to see if these factors had an impact on the risk of developing diabetes as an adult.

They found that the chance of developing diabetes in early adulthood ranged from 23 to 141 per cent higher for those who had experienced a high amount of adversity in childhood.

In order to create this picture of the risk levels, researchers used data from DANLIFE, a Danish study cohort, which included detail on the background and childhood adversities of children born in Denmark since 1980.

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