Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Birth Order May Raise Rise of Diabetes or High Blood Pressure

Study finds reduced insulin effectiveness, high blood pressure in first-born children

Long a source of sibling rivalry, birth order may raise the risk of first-born children developing diabetes or high blood pressure

According to this recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) - First-born children have greater difficulty absorbing sugars into the body and have higher daytime blood pressure than children who have older siblings.

The study was conducted at the University of Auckland's Liggins Institute in New Zealand, and is the first to  document a 21% drop in insulin sensitivity among first-born children.

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