A team of researchers from the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the University of California, Davis, suggests that smoking during pregnancy increases the predisposition of children to suffer diabetes when they are adults. The work has been published in the magazine Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease.
In this study the cases of 1,801 American diabetic women born between 1959 and 1967, and the correlation between tobacco and diabetes occurs independently of other factors that are usually related to the appearance of this disease, such as obesity or the presence of the same disease in parents.
According to the study co-author, Michelle La Merrill:
Our findings are consistent with the idea that gestational exposures to environmental chemicals can contribute to the development of health and disease.
This predisposition to develop diabetes would take place even if women, the older ones affected by smoke, follow a healthy lifestyle or lack a complicated previous clinical picture. However, those responsible for the study warn that more studies will be necessary to confirm their results.
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