Perinatal and intergenerational influences on adult diabetes

Grant number: 400004


The aim of this project is to determine the effects of restriction of nutrient supply before and after birth on growth and the development of adult onset diabetes. Being born small and its associated neonatal catch-up growth independently predict adult diabetes. Placental restriction is a major cause of reduced nutrition and growth before birth and is implicated in this programming of disease. Our novel findings suggest that placental compromise increases appetite but also impairs milk quality and supply which limits overfeeding and catch-up growth initially, but on weaning, may independently lead to diabetes. We will determine if this is a direct result of poor nutrition and made worse by o..

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