Type 2 diabetes, once considered a disease of old age, sadly now occurs not uncommonly in children and young adults. Diabetes thus affects everyone, from cradle to grave, and thus we have chosen ‘A life course perspective on diabetes: developmental origins and beyond’ as the theme of our 2019 special issue. The issue covers evolution and the diabesity epidemic, racial and sex differences in the burden of type 2 diabetes, under- and overnutrition and obesity/diabetes risk, maternal and paternal in utero programming, environmental agents as diabetes risk factors, the impact of early-life factors on type 1 diabetes, and cellular senescence and ageing effects in diabetes. We conclude with a piece tackling the question: what should governments do?
To watch an interview with Professor Dana Dabelea talking about this issue, click here.