Preterm Birth Linked to Higher Risk of Diabetes in Future

A new study, published in the Diabetologia, finds that children who were born prematurely have a higher risk of developing diabetes, type 1 or type 2, later in life.Preterm Birth Linked to Higher Risk of Diabetes

To perform the analysis, the researchers used information from the Swedish Birth Registry that included data on more than 4 million people. Preterm birth was considered as birth occurring at less than 37 gestational weeks. In total, 4,193,069 Swedes were included in the investigation.

Researchers write in their paper: “Because of major advances in treatment, most preterm infants now survive into adulthood. As a result, clinicians will increasingly encounter adult patients who were born prematurely. Preterm birth should now be recognized as a chronic condition that predisposes to the development of diabetes across the life course.”

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