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Birth weight has an impact on adult health


DECRYPTION – Too low or too high, it is a risk factor for future cardiovascular disease.

For a long time, it was thought that cardiovascular and metabolic disease resulted from the interaction between an individual’s behavior and their genetic makeup. But recent data indicates that pregnancy is already a critical milestone for the cardiovascular health of the developing adult. We have always known that pregnancy and the beginning of life are “A period of rapid growth: the fetus triples its weight between 6 and 9 months of pregnancy, and the weight triples again between birth and 1 year, recalls the Pr Dominique Darmaun, pediatrician at Nantes University Hospital. But it wasn’t until the early 1990s and the work of David Barker that we became interested in what happens in utero and discovered that the growth of the fetus had effects throughout life. “

The Pr David Barker has indeed established a link between low birth weight (below 2.5 kg at term) and deaths from cardiovascular disease. To do this, the doctor and epidemiologist

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