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Note on Environment

Summertime, when the living is easy

Pregnancies that occur during periods of famine are associated with low birth weight and increases in diabetes later in life. I wonder if relative differences in nutrition level explain the data presented here from a study of over 400,000 people in China, showing that people born in the summer were less likely to develop future diabetes. The increased risk for non-summer births is small, about 8%, but is a reminder that there are many environmental factors that can influence future metabolism.

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