Reversing the risk factor in babies with early interventions

Research Updates

While we know that the earliest changes of atherosclerosis can begin in children and teenagers, our recent studies, in collaboration with Dr Michael Skilton at The University of Sydney, have shown that the origins of heart disease and vessel disease can begin even earlier – in the foetus. 

Those babies born ‘small for dates’, that is in the lowest five per cent of birth weights at term delivery, appear to be at high risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. 

Our Clinical Research Group has planned a series of novel intervention studies, mainly with fish oils, to see if we can reverse this risk factor with early intervention.

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