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23 June 2011

Pregnant smokers have babies with high cholesterol

Mothers who smoke while pregnant might be causing changes in their unborn babies that can lead them to have lower amounts of high density lipoprotein cholesterol, scientists said.

Mothers who smoke while pregnant might be causing changes in their unborn babies that can lead them to have lower amounts of high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, scientists said.

"This imprinting seems to last for at least eight years and probably a lot longer," he said, adding that the heart disease risk for smokers' children could be 10% to 15% higher.

 
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