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Prenatal smoking exposure and diabetes risk in children are linked

Posted:  Monday, February 16, 2015

A new study has revealed the possible dangers of smoking during pregnancy. It found that children who are exposed to tobacco smoke while in the womb are predisposed to developing diabetes as adults.

Published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the study evaluated data from 1,800 daughters of women participating in the Child Health and Development Studies, an ongoing project of the Public Health Institute.

The study found that women were two to three times as likely to be diabetic as adults if their mothers smoked during pregnancy. Similarly, if the father smoked during the duration of pregnancy, then the offspring were at increased risk of diabetes. The study also found that birth weight had no effect on daughters of smoking parents developing diabetes.

"Our findings are consistent with the idea that gestational environmental chemical exposures can contribute to the development of health and disease," said lead author Michele La Merrill. Thus, it would be a good idea to kick the butt during pregnancy to ensure better health of not only the parent but also of the offspring.

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