BioBites: Famine and Diabetes, Early Humans, and Jellyfish

BioLogic

1. Famine and Diabetes

van Abeelen et al., Diabetes, Sept. 2012 [PubMed here]

What they did/ what they found: There is previous evidence that the development of type 2 diabetes is tied to poor nutritional circumstances during fetal development. Not a lot is known about the impact of poor nutrition during childhood. van Abeelen et al. looked at the correlation between childhood exposure to the 1944-1945 Dutch famine and the development of type 2 diabetes in a cohort of women living in the Utrecht area. After adjusting for age, smoking and education, the authors found that exposure to a short period of severe malnutrition is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.

Why this is cool/ why you should care:  Famine is still a worldwide problem, and likely to worsen in the future due to climate change and industrialization. We need to brace ourselves for the potential rise…

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