Wageningen, November 2010 – People who were born in China during the 1951-1961 famine have a higher risk of high blood sugar than those born before or after, new research suggests. For their study Chinese researchers in collaboration with Wageningen University, examined blood sugar levels among more than 8000 Chinese adults born during the famine. Participants who were exposed to the nation’s famine during fetal development, came from two different regions; one that was moderately affected by hunger and one that was severely affected. According to these researchers, the risk of raised blood sugar and type 2 diabetes was more than double for fetal-exposed patients who were born in the region with severe food shortages, compared to others who weren’t exposed to hunger at this stage. Based on the outcome of this study Edith Feskens, professor of Nutrition and Metabolic Syndrome at Wageningen University, concluded that “early exposure to hunger makes people extra vulnerable to type 2 diabetes”.