06-04-2017 | Obesity in pregnancy connected to epilepsy

06 April 2017
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Being overweight in the first trimester of pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of giving birth to a child with epilepsy, according to research.

The study was based on information from over a million children in Sweden, and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Neurology. The research was led by Neda Razaz of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

"Risk of epilepsy increased by 11 percent in children of overweight mothers," whose body-mass index was between 25 and 30, said the study, which found that, of the 1.4 million children born between 1997 and 2011 in Sweden, 0.5 percent (7,592 children) were diagnosed with epilepsy through 2012.

Researchers speculated that being overweight or obese during pregnancy could lead to a higher risk of brain injury in infants, or that obesity-induced inflammation could affect neurodevelopment.

"Given that overweight and obesity are potentially modifiable risk factors, prevention of obesity in women of reproductive age may be an important public health strategy to reduce the incidence of epilepsy," said the report.

Article source: Yahoo.com

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