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Health stories for Feb. 13, 2013

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 13, 2013 -

It may be worse to be the first born when it comes to getting diabetes.

A study from New Zealand says the first-born child can't absorb sugars into the body as well as its younger siblings.

The oldest sibling may also have higher daytime blood pressure.

The study cites changes in the mother's uterus during her first pregnancy as a possible cause.

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The childhood obesity problem has led to a spike in kids with diabetes.

It's especially high in Philadelphia, where 70% of children under five have type one diabetes.

That happens when the body does not produce enough insulin and patients need injections to survive.

It usually begins earlier in life than type two diabetes, which is more common and associated with obesity.

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Cholesterol and diabetes may be controlled by the types of exercise you do.

Standing and walking for long stretches improves insulin sensitivity and blood lipid levels more than an hour of exercise when the calories burned are similar.

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Christians observing the Lenten tradition of not eating meat are doing more than just helping their spirituality.

Taking a vegetarian diet during the 40 days of Lent can help reduce your risk for chronic disease while also helping the environment.

The United Nations reported meat production is the largest source of greenhouse gases and water pollution.

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Moms can help kids fight autism, even before the child is conceived.

Children born to moms who took folic acid four weeks before getting pregnant to eight weeks into the pregnancy had a lower risk of autism.

Children did not have that lower risk when the mom started taking it mid-pregnancy.

The study says moms who took folic acid were also non-smokers, educated and had planned the pregnancy, which could be contributing factors.

 

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