Genes hold the key to birthweight

Recently published research has shown the maternal and foetal genetic effects on birth weight and their relevance to cardio-metabolic risk factors.

The study showed that birth weight variation is influenced by foetal and maternal genetic and non-genetic factors which have been reproducibly associated with future cardio-metabolic health outcomes. Researchers identified 190 independent association signals, 129 of which are novel.

Both indirect maternal and direct foetal genetic effects were found to drive an observational relationship between lower birth weight and high blood pressure in later life.


Posted: 10/05/2019 09:20:10 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Birth weight, health outcomes, metabolic risk factors, pregnancy


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