Almost 150,000 healthcare professionals without diabetes were followed for 20-30 years. The researchers found an unhealthy lifestyle increased the relative risk for type 2 diabetes by more than 2 times (2.10). However, when combined with low birth weight, the relative risk was almost 3 times (2.86) compared to normal birth weight and a healthy lifestyle. Only 22% of the increased risk was due to small size, while 59% was due to unhealthy lifestyle.
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