20 Jun '11, 1pm

Mom’s pregnancy diet linked to DNA changes, child's obesity. — Environmental Health News

The environment a baby is exposed to in the nine months before birth can affect health in childhood and even throughout life. Events before birth can increase the risk of health problems – such as cardiovascular disease and obesity – 40 or more years later, studies find. But, it is not entirely clear how prenatal events can have such long-lasting health effects. Most of the work in this rapidly developing field of prenatal origins of adult disease has focused on a mother’s diet and the subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity later in life. The idea is that if moms do not have adequate nutrition, the fetuses will be programmed to conserve nutrients. If well fed after birth, they are more likely to store nutrients and become overweight adults. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which can be accompanied by other health complications, including diabetes, ...

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