Low weight at birth may increase heart disease, diabetes risk in adulthoodApril 2nd, 2009 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 2 (ANI): Children who had low weight at the time of their birth may be at an increased risk of inflammatory processes in adulthood, which are linked with chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, according to a study.
While various studies have suggested that babies with lower weight at birth are at a higher risk for developing chronic diseases, there has been little understanding to explain why.
The current study suggests an association between lower weight at birth and inflammation in adulthood may provide that explanation.
The researchers describe inflammation as a normal physiologic response of the body that provides protective response to infection or tissue injury.
If the source of infection or injury is not repressed, they say, low-grade inflammation can persist and may promote the development of heart disease or diabetes.
During the study, the researchers followed 5,619 children born in 1966, and followed them up until they reached adulthood.
As compared to children with ‘normal’ weight in the first year of life, the team found that babies born relatively smaller and gained the least weight during infancy had a higher number of white blood cells, an indicator of inflammation, in adulthood.
“Our findings suggest that the link between poorer growth early in life and these adult chronic diseases may involve inflammation as a common underlying factor,” said Dr. Dexter Canoy, of the University of Manchester in the UK and lead researcher of the study.
“Ensuring appropriate growth during this narrow ‘window’ in early development may confer lifelong benefits to health,” Canoy added.
The study has been published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). (ANI)
- Poor pre-pregnancy diet ups baby's risk of diabetes, obesity - Jul 03, 2011
- Infants of obese mothers slow developers - Aug 07, 2012
- Vitamin E can fight fatty liver disease in kids - Apr 28, 2011
- What babies eat determines risk of obesity - Aug 31, 2012
- Dormant virus might make you diabetic - Aug 28, 2012
- IVF babies from frozen embryos healthier - Jan 09, 2012
- Inflammation linked to lower intelligence, premature death - Sep 08, 2010
- Flu shots ensure birth of healthy babies - Feb 22, 2012
- Low birth weight, poor diet impair girls' learning ability - Jul 18, 2012
- Unhealthy diet raises heart risk for obese teens - Mar 23, 2011
- Women exposed to PFCs have obese babies - Sep 02, 2012
- Omega-3 fatty acids boon for undersized babies - Feb 22, 2012
- Mums abused in childhood more likely to have low-birth weight babies - Mar 30, 2011
- Diabetic women likely to deliver babies with defects - Feb 06, 2012
- Low birth weight linked to poor growth rate in kids with kidney disease - Oct 29, 2010
Tags: adulthood, canoy, chronic conditions, chronic diseases, diabetes risk, disease diabetes, endocrine society, heart disease, heart disease and diabetes, infancy, inflammation, inflammatory processes, lifelong benefits, little understanding, physiologic response, protective response, source of infection, tissue injury, university of manchester, white blood cells