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African-America children need more calcium to lessen chances of diabetes
Good levels of calcium can lower chances for developing type 2 diabetes by decreasing body mass and body fat, and many African-American children do not get enough calcium, doctors said. In this study, doctors measured calcium in the diets of 142 African-American children, aged 5 to 9, who also had a genetic tendency toward type 2 diabetes.

Children with the gene traits linked to type 2 diabetes who consumed higher amounts of calcium had much lower body mass index scores and percentage of body fat compared to similar children who got less calcium. Body mass and percentage of body fat can predict chances of type 2 diabetes in young people, and this study could lead to a more personalized approach to preventing diabetes, doctors said, continuing, “The earlier you can identify a person’s risk factors, the better the opportunity to prevent, or at least delay, full-blown disease.”

Reference: The FASEB Journal; 2014, Vol. 28, No. 1, Supplement 767.11
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