Prenatal Factors and Unhealthy Lifestyle Contribute To Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Prof. Lu Qi, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Harvard School of Public Health and Channing Division of Network Medicine Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MAMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lu Qi, MD, PhD, FAHA
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Nutrition
HarvardSchool of Public Health

Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Lu QiMost previous studies focus on the effects of either lifestyle or prenatal malnutrition on diabetes risk; no study has assess these two types of risk factors in combination.

Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Lu Qi: Adulthood lifestyle and prenatal environment such as nutrition are equally important, and should be considered simultaneously in prevention of diabetes.

Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Lu Qi: To further investigate the potential mechanisms underlying the interactions between prenatal developmental risk and adulthood exposure to unhealthy lifestyle.

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Lu Qi, MD, PhD, FAHA Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, & Harvard School of Public Health (2015). Prenatal Factors and Unhealthy Lifestyle Contribute To Risk of Type 2 Diabetes