Children of obese mothers may have higher risk of fatty liver

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 12 Jun 2017, 18:44:25

Children of obese mothers may have higher risk of fatty liver

Maternal obesity does not only increase the risk of several pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or sleep apnea but it can also put the health of the child at risk.

Obesity in pregnancy can have a negative impact on health later in life for the mother and the child. Children have a risk of future obesity and heart disease. According to a new study, children born to obese mothers are  twice as likely to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as adolescents. In addition to this, the study also shows that children who are fed with infant formula milk before completing six months of breastfeeding may have a 40 per cent increased risk of NAFLD.

NAFLD is a type of liver disease when there is excess fat deposit in the liver for reasons other than the consumption of alcohol. It has been seen that genetics plays a major role in the risk of NAFLD. The main complication related to NAFLD is that it may cause liver cirrhosis leading to scarring and liver failure.

NAFLD is commonly associated with obesity, metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. However, the risk of NAFLD may be prevented in kids if to-be mothers manage their weight and make sure they are not obese or overweight, according to a media report.

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