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Childhood abuse, parental mental illness raise risk for type 2 diabetes in adulthood

Childhood abuse, parental mental illness raise risk for type 2 diabetes in adulthood
November 17, 2017

Childhood trauma, including sexual, physical and verbal abuse, raises the risk for developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood by as much as 57%, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications.

Since the development of the adverse childhood experience scale, multiple studies have demonstrated that childhood incidence of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, as well as neglect or parental absence, are strong risk factors for poor health outcomes throughout the life span, Jennifer A. Campbell, MPH, of the department of health science at California State University in Long Branch, and colleagues wrote in the study background. In addition to a dose-response relationship between adverse childhood experiences and type 2 diabetes risk, the type of adverse experience has been implicated in risk for diabetes, researchers noted, and sex may also be an important factor.

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