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Maternal high blood sugar linked to obesity risk in kids

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Babies born to woman with higher blood sugar levels during could be at significantly greater long-term risk of - even more than a decade later, a study has found.

The higher the woman's blood sugar, the greater the risk of her child being obese.

The researchers suspect that epigenetic changes are likely to be influencing these long-term outcomes and those changes begin quite early in

"The mother's blood sugar level during is an independent contributor to the child's weight and risk of being obese later in childhood," said Boyd Metzger, at the Northwestern University School of

In addition, mothers with higher-than-normal blood sugar during pregnancy -- even if not at the level of gestational -- also were significantly more likely to have developed Type-2 a decade after pregnancy than their counterparts without high blood sugar, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal JAMA.

Lowering a mother's blood sugar during her pregnancy reduces the birth weight of the child, as well as the risk of -- potentially life-threatening condition in which the mother has that affects her and the baby.

If not regulated on time, these can potentially increase the number of women and children at risk of acquiring

"The results are important because they demonstrate that even women with during pregnancy and their offspring are at risk of harmful maternal and child outcomes," said coauthor Wendy Brickman, associate at

"Research is needed to identify interventions that will improve the outcomes of these women and children," Brickman said

The study evaluated children 10 to 14 years after birth in 10 clinical centers in seven countries: the US, Canada, Israel, the UK, Hong Kong, and

The study included 4,697 mothers and 4,832 children.



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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 13:18 IST