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Old Thu, Jul-06-17, 00:52
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6 July, 2017

High sugar intake in pregnancy linked to double risk of child asthma

Women who eat too much sugar during pregnancy are doubling the chance of their child going on to develop asthma, new research suggests.

A study of almost 9,000 mother and child pairs starting in the 1990s found a link between free sugars, such as those found in fizzy drinks and processed food, and the inflammatory disease.

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London compared the 20 per cent of mothers who consumed the most sugar, equivalent to more than five teaspoons a day, or two cans of full-fat coke, to the 20 per cent who had the least.

They found that the children of those in the top category had a roughly a one in five chance of developing asthma, while those in the lowest category had a one in ten.

Scientists have long tried to explain the increase in prevalence of asthma over the last half century.

Changes in diet, and in particular a heavier reliance on sugar, have been suspected as a leading cause, but until now there has been sparse research into the role of sugar during pregnancy.

It is thought the sugar link with asthma may be explained by high intakes of fructose triggering an immune response leading to inflammation in developing lungs.

Lead researcher Professor Seif Shaheen said: "We cannot say on the basis of these observations that a high intake of sugar by mothers in pregnancy is definitely causing allergy and allergic asthma in their offspring.

"However, given the extremely high consumption of sugar in the West, we will certainly be investigating this hypothesis further with some urgency.

"The first step is to see whether we can replicate these findings in a different cohort of mothers and children.

"If we can, then we will design a trial to test whether we can prevent childhood allergy and allergic asthma by reducing the consumption of sugar by mothers during pregnancy.

"In the meantime, we would recommend that pregnant women follow current guidelines and avoid excessive sugar consumption."

The study is published in the European Respiratory Journal.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...k-child-asthma/
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The article says "two cans of full-fat coke". What does that mean? Coke has no fat.

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The article says "two cans of full-fat coke". What does that mean? Coke has no fat.

Jean


Haha. Good catch, Jean. Could that mean the journalist - and his/her editor - is a bit biased?
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The article says "two cans of full-fat coke". What does that mean? Coke has no fat.

Jean


Oh, that's hilarious! In a really sick way.
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The article says "two cans of full-fat coke". What does that mean? Coke has no fat.

Jean
It's actually British humour!

It's a jokey way we use to refer to normal coke in the UK because it's more fattening than diet coke.
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It's actually British humour!

It's a jokey way we use to refer to normal coke in the UK because it's more fattening than diet coke.


I've heard it plenty of times in the US too - but then because the alternative is diet coke (assuming you can't bear to drink anything other than coke... water, anyone?), and since any kind of fat is considered to be the Devil incarnate, I figured that's why they're calling it "full fat coke".

I'm surprised they're still of the mind that sugary coke is fattening though, because everyone knows it's not the carbs that make you fat, it's dietary fat that makes you fat, right?

They can't have it both ways - either it's fat that makes you fat, or it's carbs that make you fat, but maybe they'll figure it out eventually.
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