Navigation Links
Babies Born to Obese Women Show Thicker Arteries: Study
Date:2/27/2013

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Infants born to obese women typically have a thickening of a key heart vessel that seems tied to their mom's excess weight, a new study shows.

The walls of a major heart vessel, the aorta, are already thicker in these babies than is seen in babies born to normal-weight moms, and the thickening occurs regardless of how much the infant weighed at birth, Australian researchers report.

A thickening of arterial walls is an independent risk factor for heart disease, the research team noted. They theorize that pregnant women who are overweight or obese may affect their babies' risk for heart disease and stroke later in life.

"The earliest physical signs of atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries] are present in the abdominal aorta," a team led by Dr. Michael Skilton, an obesity researcher at the University of Sydney, wrote in the study. They note that arterial thickness is a key gauge of overall heart health in children.

The research involved 23 women who were 16 weeks pregnant. The average age of the participants was 35 years old. Of the participants, 10 gave birth to boys. The newborns' birth weight ranged from about four pounds to about 9.5 pounds.

The researchers scanned the abdominal aorta (the section of the artery extending from the heart down to the belly) of each baby within seven days of birth to assess the thickness of its two innermost walls.

The study revealed babies born to overweight or obese women had artery walls that were 0.06 millimeters thicker then babies born to women who were a normal weight.

The thickness of these walls, which ranged from 0.65mm to 0.97mm, correlated to the weight of each baby's mother, so that the babies born to the most overweight women had the thickest artery walls. This was true no matter how much the babies weighed at birth, the researchers added.

According to the Australian team, more than half of women of childbearing age in developed countries are now either overweight or obese. However, while the study found an association between a mother's weight and arterial thickness in her baby, it could not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study was published online Feb. 27 in the Fetal and Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease of Childhood.

More information

The March of Dimes provides more information on obesity during pregnancy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: BMJ Journals, news release, Feb. 27, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. African-ancestry babies get less prenatal care in Brazil
2. Most babies slow to grow catch up by early teens
3. Fear, anger or pain -- Why do babies cry?
4. Early Exposure to Gluten May Help Babies Avoid Celiac Risk: Study
5. Obese Black Women at Higher Risk for Having Very Large Babies
6. Bilingual Babies Can Tell Languages Apart
7. Probiotic-derived treatment offers new hope for premature babies
8. C-Section, Formula May Disrupt Good Gut Bacteria in Babies
9. Obesity, excess weight gain during pregnancy linked to heavier babies in African-American women
10. Babies born to immigrant women in Ontario bigger than those born in their mothers native countries
11. Breast-Feeding Still Less Common for Black Babies: CDC
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Babies Born to Obese Women Show Thicker Arteries: Study
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... , ... Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in high performance cross-screen access, ... leading provider of secure mobile remote access solution for Japan enterprises. , ... solution. Splashtop for CACHATTO will be available as an integrated add-on secure ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... , ... DDL, Inc. announced today it has expanded the scope of its ... 594-1 and ISO 594-2 testing for conical (Luer) fittings. , A conical Luer ... devices (e.g. a syringe and hypodermic needle) that carry small volumes of fluids. There ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Like jewels in a crown, the multiple awards presented to ... to Ontario’s leading day spa and one of Canada’s few accredited 5 Star Spas! ... concept to combine spa services with hair and beauty services and has ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... The Orthopaedic Research and Education ... , David G. Lewallen, MD, began his term as president in March, succeeding ... Parks, MD, is OREF’s new president-elect. Richard F. Kyle, MD, will serve as chair, ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... Aviv (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... the May 4, 2016 Cool Vendors in Security Infrastructure Protection report by Gartner1 ... and publishes a series of research reports evaluating these innovative vendors and their ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/30/2016)... LONDON , May 30, 2016 ... to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. At the 69 th ... first ever Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy, signalling the greatest global ... sets a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C by ... which, if reached, will reduce annual deaths by 65% and ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... DUBAI , May 30, 2016 ... parents of premature babies to seek an eye examination ... avoid blinding condition     Moorfields Eye ... Hospital in London , has identified premature babies ... vision problems, because of their particular vulnerability to retinopathy of prematurity ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... 2016 According to the 2016 ... driving ambulatory blood pressure monitoring system market growth. With ... ability to respond to different pressure rates, leading to ... to various cardiovascular disorders such as heart failure, stroke, ... are growing in prevalence each year. WHO estimates that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: