Learn about obesity lab tests. Henry Anhalt DO Ped Endocrinology DrMDK.com
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Host: Parents think we should do a blood test, when every kid is a little late that we should look for, but usually is that the main reason or just a small percentage of kids are involved or something like that? Henry Anhalt: I think after appropriate screening by a primary care or physician as to the significance of overweight in any particular child and some general guidelines are, that if a child is more than 120% over their ideal bodyweight or if they are greater than the 85th percentile of Body Mass Index and Body Mass Index parenthetically is a measure of your weight for your height and this available already on the website as well as your primary care doctor can help get that calculation and there is a family history of diabetes or premature cardiovascular disease. Those children should clearly be appropriately screened to ensure that they are not suffering any of those complications and of course, the most significant of all is type 2 diabetes, where we are beginning to see a dramatic rise in this condition in children whereas we would typically see this in the third to fourth decade of life, we are know seeing it in children as young as eight, nine and ten years of age. Host: Thank you.