Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children

Are Babies of Mothers with Obesity Hardwired for Obesity?

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How Obese Moms May Wire Kids for ObesityPreliminary findings presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions suggest that the womb environment of mothers with obesity may program a child’s cells to accumulate extra fat. The researchers, lead by Dr. Kristen Boyle, analyzed stem cells taken from the umbilical cords of babies born to mothers with normal weights and their peers with obesity and grew them into fat and muscle cells in the lab. The resulting cells from moms with obesity had 30% more fat than those from mothers of normal weight. The team is now studying the cells to determine if the they use and store energy differently, and whether those changes result in metabolic differences such as inflammation or insulin resistance.

See here for the brief article by the American Diabetes Association.

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