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Birth Weight and Diabetes

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health have found that babies ( particularly babies of African-American descent) born at low birth weight are at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.

“The link has been found in other populations, but black women have a higher frequency of low birth weight and a higher incidence of Type 2 diabetes than women in other ethnic groups. The authors suggest that low birth weight may lead to problems in lipid regulation and pancreatic function. There is also some evidence that low birth weight and diabetes share a genetic basis.”
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