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Sunday, 30 October 2005 09:36
BNN: British Nursing News Online · www.bnn-online.co.uk
Childhood growth patterns key to heart risk
Researchers from The Oregon Health and Science University, claim that childhood growth patterns are strongly related to the risk of developing heart disease later in life.

The researchers found that small babies who later gained weight quickly from two to 11 years had an increased risk.

The researchers said the pattern mattered more than just being overweight at a given age.

They said it was likely to be because such growth patterns meant the children lacked muscle compared to fat.

Lead author David Barker said: "This study demonstrates for the first time that growth patterns before birth, after birth, and into childhood reveal a risk of coronary heart disease later in life.

"Small babies lack muscle, a condition that continues into childhood.

"Rapid weight gain may lead to a high level of body fat in relation to muscle. This may explain why this growth pattern is related to insulin resistance and, thus, coronary heart disease”.


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