fetal origins hypothesis

fetal origins hypothesis

The controversial hypothesis that chronic adult diseases, e.g., hypertension, result from undernutrition of the fetus.
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Much of the fetal origins hypothesis is supported by 54 published papers that include about half a million subjects and demonstrate a graded relationship in which smaller babies have higher systolic blood pressure throughout life.
Barker's fetal origins hypothesis is attracting growing attention from respected thinkers in the preventive health field.