Can childhood diets lead to diabetes?

By Janet Raloff, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

Long-term consumption, early in life, of foods that quickly digest into simple sugars may program the body to make excess insulin--and abdominal fat. These findings, from an Australian study in rats, suggest how diet might foster an individual's susceptibility to obesity and diabetes.

Dorota B. Pawlak and her group at the University of Sydney fed 2-month-old rats diets that nutritionally resembled what most people now eat--about 20 percent protein, 35 percent fat, and 45 percent carbohydrates...

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