Maternal Blood Pressure Rise During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Risk Of Childhood Obesity Interview with:

Duo Li, PhD Chief professor of Nutrition Institute of Nutrition and Health Qingdao University, China. 

Dr. Duo Li

Duo Li, PhD
Chief professor of Nutrition
Institute of Nutrition and Health
Qingdao University, China. What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Childhood obesity is becoming an emerging public health issue worldwide, owing to its association with a variety of health problems at younger ages in adulthood, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Identification of prenatal and early life risk factors is key for curbing the epidemic of the childhood obesity.

Main finding of the present study is that among pregnant women, elevated blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of overweight and obesity for their children. What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Response: All pregnant women should monitor their blood pressure, try to limit a substantial increase in mid-to-late pregnancy, this may help reduce the obesity risk of their children. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Based on the present result, future research should investigate what genotype of the woman is susceptible to high blood pressure during pregnancy, through pre-pregnancy intervention to reduce the pregnancy hypertension. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


Ju-Sheng Zheng et al. Maternal Blood Pressure Rise During Pregnancy and Offspring Obesity Risk at 4-7 Years Old: The Jiaxing Birth Cohort. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2017 DOI: 10.1210/jc.2017-01500

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Last Updated on September 29, 2017 by Marie Benz MD FAAD