New Delhi: Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy have lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, known to protect against heart disease in later life.
Celermajer and colleagues examined the effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy on the thickness of the arterial wall and the levels of lipoproteins in 405 healthy eight-year-olds born between 1997 and 1999. Ultrasound scans were used to measure arterial wall thickness and they took blood from 328 children to measure lipoprotein levels. Researchers believe lower levels of HDL cholesterol at this age could lead to serious impact on health in later life. ANI
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