The High Level of Lead in Mother’s Blood May Become the Cause of Obesity in a Child

The High Level of Lead in Mother’s Blood May Become the Cause of Obesity in a Child

”Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment” NGO

According to a new study, children born to women with high blood lead levels are four times more likely to be overweight or obese. A study published in the journal JAMA Network Open compared weight measurements for babies born to mothers with high levels of lead and children with low levels of lead. Researchersexamineddatafrom 1,442 pairsofmothersandchildren. Blood samples were taken from mothers 24-72 hours after birth. Researchers periodically recorded the weight of children throughout the entire period of childhood. The findings suggest that the obesity epidemic could potentially be related to the effects of chemicals on the fetus in the womb. However, among mothers with high levels of lead, the risk of childhood obesity is reduced if adequate levels of folic acid are present in the mother’s blood 24–72 hours after birth. Folate, a type of vitamin B, can prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Health experts recommend that women take 400 mg of folic acid daily, a synthetic version of vitamin B. Researchers also asked women if they were taking folic acid in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Presumably, the risk of childhood obesity can be reduced by testing women for lead and then adding folic acid supplements to women with high blood lead levels.

Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2752083

12:47 October 22, 2019


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