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A recent study by Auckland University has reported finding that very premature births may result in the individual facing a greater risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood. It was found that insulin sensitivity was reduced by 40% in premature babies. Over 600 very premature births occur annually in New Zealand. Researchers believe that the low protein, high fat diet that premature babies are initially given may be behind the insulin resistance but research needs to be done to confirm this. Nevertheless, they claim that even people with insulin resistance can avoid diabetes by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by New Zealand Herald
About: Premature birth increases diabetes risk
Date: 18 November 2004
Source: New Zealand Herald
Author: Martin Johnston
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