More care and comfort provided by mothers to their children can give lifelong protection against chronic diseases, a recent study has revealed.
The study found that people whose parents did not finish high school were 1.4 times more likely to develop a condition called metabolic syndrome by middle age than children raised by college-educated parents, reports Live Science.
Metabolic syndrome is a precursor to diabetes and heart disease.
However, among people from less-educated households, those who said they had a very nurturing mother were less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, the study said.
Parents' education can be a more reliable indicator of a child's home life than family income, said Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
Nurturing, the study implies, could be one difference that explains why some people go on to live healthy lives despite their circumstances, and others don't.
The study has been published in the journal Psychological Science.