Salivary biomarkers to screen for diabetes

Overweight children show significantly altered levels of “biomarkers” in their saliva after fasting, new research shows.

A team of US scientists evaluated metabolic differences in 744 11-year old children of varying weight using saliva samples, and found changes in the levels of biomarkers insulin, c-reactive protein (CRP), adiponectin and leptin.

The findings suggest saliva could be used as a tool for diagnosing children at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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