3 Surprising Ways Your Mom Influenced Your Health
You can thank her for your blue eyes, your fondness for Mexican food, and your stellar organizational skills. But there are certain traits you may have inherited from her that have nothing to do with genetics. Turns out, your health today is influenced by your mom's behavior while pregnant, or even before. Here are three health factors you can thank—or blame (sorry!)—her for. ( to lose weight and feel amazing by summer!)
She lowered (or upped) the odds of you getting asthma.
According to a recent published in theAmerican Journal of Health Economics, if mom gets enough vitamin D exposure during her second trimester, her child's chances of developing asthma are drastically reduced. Researchers from the University of Kansas examined birth data and measurements of sunlight across two states and found that if a certain location had more sun during a mother's second trimester, asthma rates were lower. While basking in sunlight all day, every day isn't recommended (and is a surefire way to put yourself at risk of skin cancer), spending 10 minutes in the sun each day is the best way to up your vitamin D intake.
She influenced your cholesterol levels.
Your love of fatty foods and habit of skipping workouts aren't the only things contributing to higher-than-normal LDL (that's the bad one) cholesterol levels. from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada found that if a mother has high LDL cholesterol, even before becoming pregnant, her children are five times more likely to have high cholesterol as adults, compared with children of moms with normal levels. The researchers aren't sure if this inheritance is due to genetics or lifestyle habits. "Exposure to high cholesterol in the womb may have lasting effects in regulating cholesterol levels, even decades later," says Michael Mendelson, MD, in a press release on the study. But if you've got high cholesterol, don't think that managing your levels is out of your control. A healthy diet (add these foods to your diet to help lower cholesterol naturally), physical activity, and reduced stress levels can prevent and reduce the risks associated with heart disease.
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She's why you go to therapy.
And no, not by constantly critiquing your life choices. A study published in theCanadian Journal of Psychiatry found that a higher BMI in a woman's pre-pregnancy years, as well as gaining excess weight during maternity, are linked to increased disrupted emotions (like fear and sadness) in her offspring. Another referenced in the journalFrontiers in Neuroscience links maternal obesity to schizophrenia: Researchers found a 24% increase in schizophrenia risk for every BMI unit increase during early pregnancy.
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