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Fetal nutrition and adult diabetes

C. N. Hales
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 1 Number 3: Page 54 (August 1994)

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Abstract: Intriguing recent studies in people whose birth weights were recorded many years ago suggest links between impaired fetal nutrition and the development of diseases, including diabetes, much later in life. The health benefits of improved prenatal nutrition, it would seem, are reaped not only in the short term. Those most at risk of developing diabetes appear to be people who were deprived of nutrients, particularly protein, during development and who later enjoy nutritional abundance. Animal studies that reached similar conclusions by direct experiment have been available for a number of years. To what extent non-insulin-dependant diabetes might be prevented by improved prenatal nutrition has yet to be explored.

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