Grandmotherís diet in pregnancy can affect grandchildrenís blood sugar

by Medindia Content Team on  May 10, 2005 at 12:46 PM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
Font : A-A+

Grandmotherís diet in pregnancy can affect grandchildrenís blood sugar
Research had shown that diet taken during pregnancy not only decides the health of the fetus, it may affect the health of children of children as well.

In a study to understand fetal development and mother's diet, scientists of Mexico had found out about long-term influence on the genetic code of the fetus that may affect the health of the next few generations. Their research had provided evidence that adverse effects of intrauterine environments can be passed genetically from mother to daughter to next generation of offspring's, especially the expression of several chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes.

During the study, scientists have exposed first generation of female rats to a protein-restricted diet during pregnancy and lactation. The female babies born from this generation of rats had babies with altered glucose and insulin metabolism. The female babies of this generation were also born with low birth weights. The second generation of baby rats had developed insulin resistance since birth, but only in one set of male babies and one set of female babies from totally different parentage.

This showed that maternal diets have strong influence over the health of the children one generation removed as well, and at times this difference may be gender specific as well.

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

Diet Pills Low Carbohydrate Diet Atkins Diet The Cabbage Diet Trimester of pregnancy Pregnancy and Exercise South Beach Diet Home Pregnancy Test Pregnancy Thalassemia 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive