Prenatal exposure to polyunsaturated fatty acids and child health: a population-based approach

Nikos Stratakis

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Abstract

In population-based studies, we examined the role of prenatal polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) levels in childhood growth, obesity, and allergy-related phenotypes. We also examined the role of fish intake, since fish is one of the main dietary sources of the omega-3 PUFA. We found that a modification of prenatal PUFA status towards higher levels of omega-3 PUFA in late pregnancy might assist in the prevention of childhood asthma, but not in tackling the obesity epidemic in children. Nevertheless, pregnant women should adhere to current fish consumption guidelines, and not exceed recommended intakes (2-3 times/week) as a means of improving n-3 PUFA status.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Zeegers, Maurice, Supervisor
  • Groot, R. de , Supervisor, External person
  • Chatzi, Lida, Advisor
  • Gielen, Marij, Advisor
Award date2 Mar 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789462958395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • prenatal polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)
  • fish
  • prevention
  • pregnancy
  • children

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