Chemicals and weather: What’s in children can lead to high blood pressure

Not only the life style of the mother, but also the outdoor temperature, Outdoor, chemicals, and many other factors during pregnancy might have an impact on whether children develop high blood pressure. This is the result of a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Studies of 1.277 mother-child pairs from the UK, France, Spain, Lithuania, Norway and Greece showed that about ten percent of children between the ages of six and eleven years, a high blood pressure, or precursors of, without otherwise health problems.

89 mothers, and 128 children, the researchers were looking for in questionnaires, blood and urine samples for possible triggers during pregnancy and early Childhood. There are four environmental factors were found to influence blood pressure status in children: the environment in which the mother lived during pregnancy, the outdoor temperature, the consumption of fish, and contact with a number of chemicals.

Children of mothers lived during pregnancy in an environment with green spaces, shops, Restaurants and public transport, were more likely to have normal blood pressure. The researchers suggest that this could be due to a higher physical activity during pregnancy.

The fish consumption of both a low and a high consumption was associated during pregnancy with an increase in blood pressure in children. As a possible explanation, the scientists call that the positive effect of the contained in fish Omega-3 fatty acids could be reduced with a high consumption by exposure to chemicals or metals.

Various substances, such as Bisphenol-A from plastics, Perfluorooctanoate from cosmetics, household cleaners were, or clothing, and copper also with a higher blood pressure of the children.