First-born children face higher risk for hypertension, diabetes

02/12/2013 | HealthDay News

New Zealand researchers looked at 85 4- to 11-year-olds and found that first-borns had a 21% decline in insulin sensitivity and a 4 mmHg increase in blood pressure compared with other children. They also found that the eldest children tended to be taller and thinner than other children. The findings will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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