Diabetes

Study: Child's Wrist Size Linked to Heart Disease Risk

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A new study in Italy has shown that the size of a child's wrist might offer an early indication of their propensity to develop cardiovascular disease.

The research, which was conducted by scientists at Sapienza University of Rome, involved examining a child's wrist circumference. They were able to link insulin resistance and blood sugar to the size of the wrist.

The research did not confirm that having a larger risk actually increased cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes in children. It was found to be associated with insulin resistance and higher insulin levels, however.

The study was done on 637 children who were an average age of 10 years old. Each child was either obese or overweight.

The research was aiming to see if there was an easily detectable clinical marker of insulin resistance associated with wrist circumference.