Researchers Investigate Role of Maternal Consumption of Sugar During Pregnancy on Respiratory Diseases

The European Respiratory Journal included an article in its May 2017 edition studying “the role of maternal consumption of free sugar during pregnancy in the inception of respiratory and atopic diseases.” To examine this data, researchers “analyzed associations between maternal intake of free sugar in pregnancy (estimated by a food frequency questionnaire), and current doctor-diagnosed asthma, wheezing, hay fever, eczema, atopy, serum total IgE and lung function in children aged 7–9 years.”

Researchers found “maternal intake of free sugar was positively associated with atopy” and “atopic asthma.” They also found “these associations were not confounded by intake of sugar in early childhood, which was unrelated to these outcomes.”

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