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Prenatal stress due to a natural disaster predicts insulin secretion in adolescence.

Dancause KN, Veru F, Andersen RE, Laplante DP, King S. (2013) Early Hum Dev. 89(9) 773-6 Elsevier Ltd.

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Prenatal stress might increase cardiometabolic disease risk. We measured prenatal stress due to an ice storm in 1998, and measured glucose tolerance among a subsample of 32 exposed adolescents in 2011. Severity of stress was positively associated with insulin secretion, suggesting that prenatal stress independently predicts metabolic outcomes in adolescence.