First-born May Face Higher Diabetes Risk: It's Complicated.

First-born May Face Higher Diabetes Risk: It's Complicated.

02.18.13 | By

First born children may have a greater risk for contracting diabetes . Now, its not yet proven and the reasons why this might be true are still unclear, but there appears to be some correlation. Weird.

Of course, the more we know about all aspects of a disease - the biological, environmental and sociological - the better chance we have of targeted research that leads to new and better treatments or even, hopefully, preventing it altogether. Also, we should remember that the process of using new data and reseraching and developing new medicines is time consuming, costly and complex. For example, research on the 221 new medicines to help treat diabetes that are now in advanced development or under consideration for approval by the FDA, in many cases began ten or more years ago. New research that uses new data - like whether or not first-born face a higher diabetes risk -- might, if started tomorrow, take 10 years or more to result in an improved treatment -- if ever.

In any event, if this new research proves out, it is likely that it will lead to even more questions, additional research and, potentially, a new and better understanding of diabetes and how it might be beaten. That's how good science happens.

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