Highlights From The First World Congress on the Insulin Resistance Syndrome

Zachary T. Bloomgarden, MD


January 29, 2004

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The IRS in Childhood

Alan R. Sinaiko, MD, University of Minneapolis Medical School, Minnesota, discussed the IRS in childhood,[62] pointing out that childhood obesity has increased progressively over the past decade, with evidence of atherosclerosis and glycemic abnormality. There is strong correlation between BMI at ages 8, 13, and 25, so it is incorrect to advise parents not to be concerned when their children are overweight. Boys show a particular decrease in insulin sensitivity during adolescence. At particular risk are overweight insulin-resistant children, who have higher systolic blood pressure, triglyceride, and fasting insulin, and lower HDL, "so there is something about being both insulin resistant and overweight."


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