Famine contributes to type 2 diabetes risk

The Dutch famine was a period of severe starvation that took place over six months between 1944 and 1945.

Of the 407 women who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, 144 had not been exposed to the famine, 172 were moderately exposed, and 91 were severely exposed.

The authors describe a dose-dependent relationship, adding that the data suggest famine exposure may be related to increased body fat and waist circumference.

Diabetes 2012; 61(9): 2255-2260