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Your Obesity May Have Been Determined Before You Were Born

(Reuters Health) - Women who gain excessive weight or develop diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to have obese children even when the babies start out at a normal size, a U.S. study suggests. Previous research has linked greater pregnancy weight gain and blood sugar spikes - a hallmark of diabetes - to higher odds of having an overweight newborn.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

It is the hyperinsulinema caused by insulin resistance in the mother that’s sets epigenetic marks on the fetal DNA. This process is explained in far greater detail in the textbook that I co-edited entitled Metabolic Syndrome and Complications of Pregnancy.

 

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