Washington: A major, long-term study of pregnant mothers and their foetuses as well as infant children has been launched to determine just how profoundly environmental factors early in life influence the onset of diseases such as obesity and diabetes in later years.
Research, however, indicates that Asians seem more prone to metabolic diseases at lower body mass index. Also, different ethnic groups seem to be at different risk levels, said Chong."The development of this research is timely as these diseases are rapidly increasing in prevalence throughout the world, especially in Asia. While much research in this area has been conducted in Caucasian populations, data has suggested that aspects of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases could differ between Asians and Caucasians, and also differ between the various Asian ethnic groups."There is an urgent need to try and identify biomarkers, such as epigenetic changes, that indicate increased risk for metabolic diseases and use these to tailor interventions for individuals at risk," added Dr. Chong. ANI
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