IVF Linked to Diabetes, Hypertension and Cancer in Later Life

IVF Linked to Diabetes, Hypertension and Cancer in Later LifeThe studies issued at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Diego suggested that babies conceived using assisted reproductive technologies may experience higher rates of obesity or diabetes compared to others because some of their genes function differently.

People conceived through IVF treatment should be monitored for the early onset of high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers before the age of 50, according to a fertility specialist.

"They have a much higher frequency of being low birth weight and this results in a higher tendency to be obese, a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and hypertension when you reach 50 years old", Sapienza told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego yesterday.

The figures reported that more than three million babies have been born through fertility treatment around the world, since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, on 25 July 1978. The vast majority are still under the age of
30.

In 2006, the Department of Health claims that obesity is the culprit behind 4% of cancers, including breast and womb cancer, and has also been linked to the disease in the bowel and kidney.

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