The relation of fetal growth to plasma glucose in young men

Diabetologia. 1992 May;35(5):444-6. doi: 10.1007/BF02342441.


In a study of men aged 59 to 70 years plasma glucose levels 30 min and 2 h after a 75-g glucose load were inversely related to birthweight. To determine whether there are similar relations at a younger age the 30-min plasma glucose levels of 40 men aged 21 years, who were born in one hospital in the United Kingdom, were measured. Lower birthweight was associated with higher 30-min plasma glucose levels. This trend was independent of gestational age, and current body mass, height and social class.

MeSH terms

  • Birth Weight*
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Delivery, Obstetric
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Care
  • Proinsulin / blood


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Proinsulin