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February 2010

Predicting Prediabetes and DiabetesCan We Do It? Is It Worth It?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(2):198-199. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.270

Atherosclerosis begins in youth, and the extent of coronary lesions in adolescents is associated with individual and combined levels of risk factors including lipids, smoking, blood pressure, obesity, and—the focus of this editorial—hyperglycemia.1,2 These risk factors tend to track from childhood to adulthood; children with elevated risk factor levels tend to retain them as they grow, thus becoming adults at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

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