Firstborns May Have Higher Diabetes Risk

firstborns diabetes riskA new study, released earlier this month, suggests that firstborn males may have an increased risk of diabetes as well as heart disease. Individuals who develop type two diabetes—the most prevalent form of the disease—must often take medications to help manage their blood-glucose levels; while some can manage their condition with dietary restrictions and exercise, others end up not only having to take medicines but also insulin, using products such as a BD insulin syringe. All diabetics must monitor their blood sugar as well, whether they use the Prodigy auto code, Freestyle lite testing strips, or test strips for Accu-chek Aviva. The study, which took place in New Zealand, followed up on previous links between birth order and health risks.


The New Zealand researchers compared a group of 50 overweight men aged 40 to 50, looking at the body mass indexes (BMIs) of the men who were firstborn, as well as those who were born second. The researchers also analyzed the men’s insulin sensitivity—an important indicator for the development of type 2 diabetes. The study size was admittedly small, but some interesting consistencies were shown in the findings. Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem all over the world, with increasing rates of diagnosis occurring everywhere. Those with the disease frequently suffer from related health problems and side effects, and are required to monitor their blood glucose levels consistently, using products such as test strips for Accu-chek Aviva monitors, Prodigy auto code systems, or Freestyle lite testing strips. Many diabetics take medications such as Metformin, or inject insulin with specialized tools like the BD insulin syringe. The disease can wreak havoc on the health and wellness of patients who have it.


The researchers found that although the two groups of men had average heights, the firstborn individuals were on average 15 pounds heavier, with an average BMI of 29. In contrast, the second-born men had a BMI of 27.5 on average. In addition, insulin sensitivity for firstborn men was 33% lower than for the men who were second-born. The results held up after the researchers controlled for outside factors including body fat, age and physical activity, according to the report published in the journal Scientific Reports. It’s unclear how birth order may influence metabolism, but previous studies have suggested that it might. One theory surrounding the phenomenon is that in the first pregnancy, blood vessels in the uterine lining are only beginning to undergo lasting structural changes; so second-born children and other subsequent offspring of the same mother have the benefit of already-developed structures in the womb. The firstborns, with their increased risks of diabetes, may go on to require medicines including insulin injected by BD insulin syringes, in addition to constant blood-glucose monitoring using products such as Freestyle lite testing strips, test strips for Accu-chek Aviva monitors, or proprietary products for Prodigy auto code systems. The researchers cautioned that their study only looked at a particular group, but they are interested in expanding their research to see if the links persist.


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