Low Birth Weight Linked to Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Published on May 21, 2014

A portrait of Kelli Ryckman of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Prof. Kelli Ryckman of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

New research led by Kelli Ryckman, assistant professor of epidemiology, shows that lower birth weight is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes in white and black postmenopausal women in the U.S.

“Our findings confirm what we’ve seen with other studies in that low birth weight is a risk factor for later life type 2 diabetes,” says Ryckman. “What was unique about our study is that it was a large cohort of postmenopausal women who were very diverse in ethnicity and race.”

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