Excess BMI in childhood: A modifiable risk factor for type 1 diabetes development?

Christine Therese Ferrara, Susan Michelle Geyer, Yuk Fun Liu, Carmella Evans-Molina, Ingrid M. Libman, Rachel Besser, Dorothy J. Becker, Henry Rodriguez, Antoinette Moran, Stephen E. Gitelman, Maria J. Redondo

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OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the effect of elevated BMI over time on the progression to type 1 diabetes in youth. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Westudied 1,117 children in the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention cohort (autoantibodypositive relatives of patients with type 1 diabetes). Longitudinally accumulated BMI above the 85th age- and sex-adjusted percentile generated a cumulative excess BMI (ceBMI) index. Recursive partitioning and multivariate analyses yielded sexand age-specific ceBMI thresholds for greatest type 1 diabetes risk. RESULTS: Higher ceBMI conferred significantly greater risk of progressing to type 1 diabetes. The increased diabetes risk occurred at lower ceBMI values in children <12 years of age compared with older subjects and in females versus males. CONCLUSIONS: Elevated BMI is associated with increased risk of diabetes progression in pediatric autoantibody-positive relatives, but the effect varies by sex and age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)698-701
Number of pages4
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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Ferrara, C. T., Geyer, S. M., Liu, Y. F., Evans-Molina, C., Libman, I. M., Besser, R., Becker, D. J., Rodriguez, H., Moran, A., Gitelman, S. E., & Redondo, M. J. (2017). Excess BMI in childhood: A modifiable risk factor for type 1 diabetes development? Diabetes care, 40(5), 698-701. https://doi.org/10.2337/dc16-2331