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Mother's diet sows seeds of diabetes in the womb


Pregnant mothers with unbalanced diets may be more likely to bear children at risk of adult type 2 diabetes, a study in mice suggests.
The experiments show that poor diet can lead to abnormal development of the pancreatic beta cells which make insulin, the hormone vital for regulating blood sugar levels. This can trigger diabetes in adulthood as the cells "wear out" sooner than usual, says Susan Ozanne of the University of Cambridge, co-leader of the team.