New study links first-borns with higher health risks

A new study finds that first-born children have a higher risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

The researchers analyzed data on healthy children, ages 4 to 11.

The first-born kids had 21 percent reduced insulin effectiveness, which is a known factor for diabetes. They also had higher blood pressure.

The researchers suggest the differences could be due to changes that take place in the mother’s uterus during a first pregnancy. TheseĀ changes increase the flow of nutrients to subsequent fetuses.

They say more research is needed to find out how the study’s results relate to risks in adulthood.

Filed in: Medical Watch, News

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