Older siblings are skinnier and taller but at higher risk for type 2 Diabetes.
Did you know your risk of developing Diabetes Type 2 is related to your birth order. Even though first born children are more likely to be taller and skinnier, they are 21% more likely to develop Diabetes Type 2. I am not sure why this is true as insulin resistance correlates with abdominal fat. See the article below from Science Daily and let us know if you are a first born or other and lets see if our statistics match.
Long a source of sibling rivalry, birth order may raise the risk of first-born children developing diabetes or high blood pressure, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
First-born children have greater difficulty absorbing sugars into the body and have higher daytime blood pressure than children who have older siblings, according to the study conducted at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute in New Zealand. The study was the first to document a 21 percent drop in insulin sensitivity among first-born children.