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Researchers from the University of Southhampton worked with other researchers to study the effects of a mother's diet on offspring. They concluded that thinner mothers who had lower fat stores or mothers with a poor diet resulted in an increase in liver blood flow in their babies during pregnancy. Blood flow is believed to be increased in order for the baby to obtain more nutrients from the nutrient poor blood. The increased blood flow through the liver is believed to heighten the risk of adult heart disease and diabetes in offspring. Researchers feel that a good diet prior to and during pregnancy may produce ultimately healthier offspring. Researchers are encouraging more study in the area of long term effects of maternal diet on offspring.
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About: Long-term offspring health may be affected by mother's diet during pregnancy
Date: 25 January 2005
Source: BBC News
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