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The effect of the Chinese Famine on type 2 diabetes mellitus epidemics

The Chinese Famine has been widely interpreted as an important contributor to subsequent epidemics of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Our re-examination of available studies challenges this apparent relationship. The definition of famine exposure and control selection needs more attention in future studies to better understand this potential association.

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Li, C., Tobi, E.W., Heijmans, B.T. et al. The effect of the Chinese Famine on type 2 diabetes mellitus epidemics. Nat Rev Endocrinol 15, 313–314 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-019-0195-5

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