Higher chance of Diabetes as a result of pre-natal malnourishment

4th November 2010, Comments 0 comments


Research by the university of Wageningen shows that children who suffered from prenatal malnutrition have a bigger chance of high blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes later in life. 

The team of researchers examined nearly 8,000 Chinese who suffered from moderate to serious malnutrition during the 1950s. The researchers distinguished between those who suffered from malnutrition as children and those who were already malnourished while in their mothers’ womb. Those who suffered from pre-natal malnutrition were twice as likely to have diabetes compared to children who had already been born when food became scarce.

Earlier research already showed that Dutch people who suffered from malnutrition in the occupied Netherlands during the ‘Hunger Winter’ of 1944-1945 showed a higher incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. However, Russian scientists failed to confirm the Dutch results in a research into the effects of the extended siege of Leningrad St Petersburg during World War II.

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