Obese women put their unborn children at risk of leading much shorter lives

Obese women put their unborn children at risk of leading much shorter lives
 

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a tool used to calculate a person's ideal weight, with anywhere between 19 and 24 considered normal. 
But a new study has found that the higher a mother's BMI, the shorter their baby's telomeres. 
Telomeres are structures at the end of chromosomes which are vital in maintaining the stability of a person's genome. 
They protect the chromosomes from degradation and are strongly linked with biological age, with short telomeres correlated with age-related diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increased mortality. 
Until now, research into telomere... read more

 
19 October 2016 in Health, Views: 41
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