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HeartBurn No More Review >> Pregnant diet interferes with children's DNA

Apr 22nd 2011 at 7:10 AM

The diet of pregnant women may affect the baby's DNA and increase the risk of childhood obesity, says a study published in the latest edition of the journal Diabetes.

A diet rich in carbohydrates can lead to changes in parts of that nucleic acid, the authors, academics from the University of Southampton in Britain.

Previous studies show that dietary changes can alter the function of genes or epigenetic, hence the interest of scientists studying the environmental relationship with the genes.

In their tests with several samples from the umbilical cord of women included in the study found that mothers with this type of food, which also predominated sugars, had children with these markers.

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He also confirmed the link between the same markers and obesity among children between the ages of six and nine years, says the article.

The effect of the markers is greater than the weight at birth and is not depending on the weight of the mother, said Keith Godfrey, who led the study.

The research suggests that women should follow professional advice, as your diet can influence long-term health of the baby.

Referring to these results, Mark Hanson, the British Heart Foundation, said the research evidence as epigenetic changes, at least in part, explain the risk of disease in the future.

Also reaffirms the idea that women of childbearing age should have greater access to nutrition education and more support in maintaining a proper lifestyle to improve the health of the next generation.

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