Pregnant Mothers Who Smoke Lower The Levels of HDL (Good) Cholesterol In Their Children – Study Reveals!
A recent study by a group of researchers led by David Celermajer from the University of Sydney, Australia has shown that smoking by women during pregnancy can lead to low levels of HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the children. HDL cholesterol is required for protecting the heart against diseases in later years of life.
Thorough this study it was identified that, children who were born to mothers who had smoking habit during their pregnancy had HDL cholesterol levels of 1.3 mmol/L (millimoles per litre) by the age of 8, which is less than the normal level of 1.5 mmol/L in children born to non-smoking mothers.
The study involved 405 healthy children aged 8 and born between 1997 and 1999. Data such as mother’s smoking habits before, during and after pregnancy was collected before and after the birth, and during the growing years of the child.
It was found that children born to mothers, who smoked during pregnancy, had significantly low levels of HDL cholesterol which can have an impact on the health of their hearts in later stages of life.