MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
L. H. Lumey, MD, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: The Chinese Great Leap Forward Famine in 1959-1961 is the largest famine in human history. Earlier studies have reported that overweight, type 2 diabetes, hyperglycemia, the metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia were more common among adults who were exposed to the famine. Our re-analysis of all previous studies shows no increases in diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions among famine births except for schizophrenia.