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Heavy kids who normalize weight in childhood can avoid extra diabetes risk

NEW YORK: Although being overweight as a child increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, a new study shows that the extra risk disappears if that excess weight is lost by age 13 and kept off in early adulthood. “Until our study came along, it was known that weight reduction in adulthood could reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes,” coauthor Dr. Jennifer Baker said in an interview. “Ours is the first and largest to show if we do this before puberty - and this is a great time for intervention and prevention because…