Premature babies face higher risk of diabetes

Early birth interrupts development of multiple organs, including the pancreas, say study authors

Premature babies may be more likely to develop diabetes as children and young adults than full-term infants, a new study suggests.

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Compared with children under 18 years old who were born full-term, those born before 37 weeks' gestation were 21% more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, and 26% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in childhood.

As adults, premature babies were 24% more likely to develop type 1 diabetes and 49% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes by the time they were 43 years old.

Some previous research suggests

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