Preemies have more diabetes, heart disease risk factors as adults

10/23/2011 | U.S. News & World Report

Healthy people aged 18 to 27 years who were born at 33 weeks of gestation or earlier had higher blood pressure and more fat in their muscles and liver compared with their full-term counterparts, a small British study in Pediatric Research revealed. The findings underscore the need to monitor preemies' health conditions beyond infancy and childhood as such factors may elevate the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the researchers said.

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