Impact of overweight on cardiovascular risk in children with type 1 diabetes: a longitudinal study of 5000 Australian children with type 1 diabetes

Chief Investigator:

Professor Jenny Couper

Funding Amount:



University of Adelaide


Heart and blood vessel disease is the most common serious adult complication of childhood diabetes. About 1/3 of children with type 1 diabetes in Australia are overweight . In children with out diabetes even small falls in body weight reduce the risk of heart disease. We will use the Australasian Diabetes Data Network to investigate whether overweight is an important driver of heart and blood vessel disease risk in 5000 children. The results will guide us how vigorously to treat childhood diabetes to minimise excess weight gain.

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