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Big babies at risk of cardiovascular disease

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Mar. 25, 2014

Big babies have greater risk of cardiovascular disease: Study (Fotolia)


 

Babies who have a high birth weight have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a new study has found.

Researchers from Australia's University of Sydney said about 10% of newborns are considered to have a high birth weight.

"These findings identify a sizable group of people at risk of obesity and arterial wall thickening, independent of established cardiovascular risk factors," researcher Michael Skilton said in a press release.

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"The research also found that people born LGA (large for gestational age) had higher body mass index throughout childhood, adolescence, and as young adults, and double the risk of becoming obese."

Skilton used data from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, which started in 1978 and has followed up with thousands of participants over the years.

The study was published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

 

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