Reduced beta-cell function in offspring of mothers with young-onset type 2 diabetes

R. Singh, E. Pearson, P. J. Avery, M. McCarthy, J. Levy, G. Hitman, M. J. Sampson, M. Walker, A. T. Hattersley

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Animal models indicate that even exposure to mild maternal hyperglycaemia in utero is detrimental to the beta cell function of the offspring, but evidence of this in humans is limited. In Europids who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before the age of 50 years, the risk of diabetes in the offspring of the diabetic mothers is greatly increased compared with the risk in those born to diabetic fathers. We hypothesised that offspring born to mothers with young-onset type 2 diabetes would have been exposed to mild hyperglycaemia in utero, so we studied the impact of this on their beta cell function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1876-1880
Number of pages5
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

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