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Weight clue to diabetes

Monitoring weight gain in childhood and intervening to prevent obesity could halt the boom in cases of diabetes, a major new study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Southampton and colleagues in India evaluated glucose tolerance and plasma insulin in 1,492 men and women for whom child growth data was available.

Results published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week showed most patients with impaired glucose tolerance or diabetes had a low birthweight and remained thin during infancy but gained weight rapidly from age two.

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