Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Feb;12(1):82-7. doi: 10.1007/s11892-011-0246-3.

Pathogenesis and prevention of type 2 diabetes: parental determinants, breastfeeding, and early childhood nutrition.

Author information

Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Duke University Medical Center, Box 102820, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


Among the factors predisposing to type 2 diabetes in children, adolescents, and young adults, the health and behavior of both the mother and father are critical. Prevention and treatment of parental nutritional disorders (including obesity and malnutrition), promotion of breastfeeding, and avoidance of overfeeding of young children are essential for childhood health and metabolic function. Focusing research and policy on parental influences on childhood health should reduce the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes in future generations.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center