Improved economic conditions in the Southeast may have resulted in habits that led to diabetes, according to a study that examined the connection between the prevalence of diabetes and state-based per-capita income growth from 1950 to 1980. Children whose parents were previously poor were not biologically ready to handle the sedentary lifestyle and processed foods that become common when their families had larger incomes, researcher Richard Steckel theorized. The findings were published in the American Journal of Human Biology.

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