How Birth Order May Factor Into Diabetes Risk
As more studies on birth order emerge, being the oldest sibling is turning out to be less a source of trivial pride and more of a reason to make a doctor's appointment. The latest finding: First-borns face an increased risk for diabetes and hypertension.
Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand evaluated 85 healthy children, including 32 first-borns, between the ages of 4 and 11. They found that the first-born children had trouble absorbing sugars, which puts them at higher diabetes risk, and had higher daytime blood pressure.
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