Smoking during pregnancy increases likelihood of childhood fractures
18 Jul 2017
Children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are at higher risk of bone fractures, a new study has found.
The Finnish study included 6,718 subjects and collected information from birth up to the age of seven. The results suggest that maternal smoking causes modified bone development of the foetus, increasing the fracture risk in childhood.
Nicholas Harvey, Professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton commented:
“The findings from this Finnish mother offspring cohort, that maternal smoking during pregnancy is associated with increased fracture risk in the offspring, complement results from other studies, for example the Southampton Women's Survey in relation to offspring bone mass. The results provide further support for the need to address health behaviour during pregnancy to optimise skeletal health in the next generation."
To read more about the study, visit The Bone Journal.
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