Low Birth Weight And Diabetes Have A Common Genetic Background, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen Study
11/13/2009 7:27:44 AM
ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2009) — Low birth weight increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Until recently scientists had attributed this to maternal malnutrition during pregnancy. However, now it seems that genetic background may also play a major role. A research team of Technische Universität München and Helmholtz Zentrum München has now demonstrated, that gene variants which influence insulin metabolism can also affect birth weight.