People with low birth weight may help themselves in diabetes

by Medindia Content Team on  June 13, 2005 at 11:21 AM General Health News
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People with low birth weight may help themselves in diabetes
New study says that people with low birth weight may help themselves from the incidence of diabetes with controlled diet and controlling their body weights.

Diabetes affects the population in terms of affecting the metabolism of blood glucose and impaired function of the insulin that helps in controlling the blood sugar levels. The main risk factors for diabetes are obesity, physical inactivity, genetic influence and age related factors. Recent studies have shown that low birth weight is also another risk factor for the disease.

The new study done by the researchers of Joslin Diabetes Center, US, say that it may be possible to control the risk factor of diabetes from low birth weight by controlling the twin factors of diet and weight gain. Drawing conclusion from the animal study, researchers are of the opinion that thin people of low birth weights are less at risk of diabetes if they stay that way.

Low birth weights of infants are often due to a number of reasons other than the nutritional intake of the mother. Factors like the health of the mother, multiple fetuses etc can all compound the problem of babies being born with low birth weights.
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