Mismatches between pre- and post-natal environments not found to influence physiological functioning in young adults
posted on: Feb 3, 2014
A new publication in the journal PLOS ONE has investigated if mismatches between pre- and post-natal environments, as measured by birth weight and adult leg length, would be associated with poorer biomarker levels across five key physiological systems in adults in their mid-thirties. There is already good evidence for these mismatches to be associated with increased disease risk in adulthood, including cardiovascular and respiratory disease. However, this study by Tony Robertson and Michaela Benzeval failed to find any such links with biomarkers of cardiovascular, lung, kidney and liver function in 36-year-old men and women from the West of Scotland. It is not yet known if this lack of association is in fact due simply to no association between growth mismatches and the biomarkers or if the mid-thirties is too young for identifiable changes in these biomarkers to have occurred.
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