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      Outcome of Low Birthweight

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          Babies who are small at birth and during infancy are now known to be at an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension and diabetes during adult life. This has led to the suggestion that these diseases are ‘programmed’ by an inadequate supply of nutrients or oxygen in utero or immediately after birth. The phenomenon of ‘programming’, whereby undernutrition in early life permanently changes body structure and function, is well documented in animals. As yet we know little about cellular and molecular changes which underlie it, but persisting changes in the secretion of hormones or in the sensitivity of tissues to them may be important in determining adult disease.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-6093-1
          978-3-318-01591-1
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          1994
          1994
          05 December 2008
          : 42
          : 4-5
          : 223-230
          Affiliations
          Medical Research Council Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, UK
          Article
          184197 Horm Res 1994;42:223–230
          10.1159/000184197
          7868077
          © 1994 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 8
          Categories
          Session 3 Regulation of Intrauterine Growth

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