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Birth weight tied to diabetes, CVD risk later in life, study finds

Researchers reviewed 135 studies and found a 19% and 22% higher risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, respectively, among adults who had a birth weight of more than 4.5 kg, compared with those whose birth weights were between 4 kg and 4.5 kg. The findings in the Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that birth weight had a J-shaped association with type 2 diabetes and CVD, with the link more pronounced in women, and was inversely associated with hypertension.

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