Children born to Vitamin B12 deficient mothers found to be at an increased risk of type II diabetes and other metabolic disorders, recent study suggests
-Recent research, conducted by the University of Warwick Medical School (UK), suggested that children born to mothers with Vitamin B12 deficiency were found to be at an increased risk of Type II diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
-Researchers in the study analyzed close to 91 blood samples and monitored the Vitamin B12 levels of the pregnant mothers and their offsprings at the time of delivery. Additionally, the study also analyzed maternal and neonate fat tissue samples (42) and placental tissue samples (83).
-The study showcased that mothers with Vitamin B12 deficiency (less than 150 picomoles per liter) were found to have higher leptin levels, indicative of an increased risk for type II diabetes.
-The study speculates that the mothers with Vitamin B12 affect the leptin gene programming, thereby altering the production of the hormones.
-Findings were presented at Annual Conference of Society For Endocrinology
Source: Annual Conference of Society For Endocrinology