Birth Weight & Early Weight Gain = Heart Disease

April 14, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Birth Weight & Early Weight Gain = Heart Disease
A new British study links inflammation1 from the womb (low birth weight babies) through early life weight gain and shows that this issue sets the stage for cardiovascular disease in later life.

What this study means is that poor health habits of a mother, stress and instability in her life, malnutrition, drug or alcohol use, and/or use of antidepressants during pregnancy primes the inflammatory pump in her child causing low birth weight, easy weight gain, and high cardiovascular risk.

Parents with a low birth weight child have an extra responsibility to ensure that their child eats well, exercises, and does not become overweight – as this is the only clear way of preventing this problem and changing the heart disease risk.

Every mother and her family in particular, and society in general, need to do everything possible to help pregnant mothers have a healthy pregnancy. The future well being of any one child, and our society as a whole, depend on it. Lowering inflammation also reduces the risk for vaccine injury and ADHD.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Relationship of Low Birth Weight, Early Weight Gain, and Heart Disease Risk  Eur Heart J.  Tzoulaki I, Jarvelin MR, Hartikainen AL, Leinonen M, Pouta A, Paldanius M, Ruokonen A, Canoy D, Sovio U, Saikku P, Elliott P.

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