Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults. A new study not only confirms that risk in a sample of more than 3,000 women but also shows the relative predictive value of different biomarkers, giving doctors potential new tools for understanding individual risk among low birthweight women.
Low birth weight points to a higher risk of adult-onset type 2 diabetes. A number of related factors could alert physicians to a greater likelihood that a patient who had low birth weight is at greater risk.
Credit:Liu lab/Brown University
The National Institutes of Health (grants: R01DK066401, R21DK084482) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund supported the study.