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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A burgeoning body of literature on the Fetal Origins Hypothesis (FOH) suggests that the intrauterine environment, nutrition in particular, programs the fetus to future diseases (1,2).
The fetal origins hypothesis of adult diseases postulates that fetal under nutrition, reflected by LBW is associated with susceptibility to development of IHD and other chronic NCDs in later life.
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.