New research has shown that the child of a slightly undernourished mother is more likely to suffer early aging of the heart.
That’s according to a new study looking at the relationship between food intake of pregnant baboons and the health of their offspring’s heart.
The study, published in The Journal of Physiology was carried out by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Geoffrey Clarke at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and Dr. Peter Nathanielsz at the University of Wyoming and Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
The researchers found that moderately reducing a mother’s food intake can impact the rate at which the offspring’s heart ages.
Evidence is accumulating that restricted dietary intake can cause problems for the fetus which result in abnormal structure and function of developing organs, such as the heart.
This makes it more likely that the offspring will suffer chronic illnesses later in life, such as heart disease and stroke. This study introduces the additional potential that a restricted diet during development accelerates the rate of aging.
This article was originally posted in EurekAlert! by The Physiological Society. Photo Credit to Dr. Geoffrey Clarke and Dr. Peter Nathanielsz.