Pregnancy During Adolescence has Lasting Adverse Effects on Blood Lipids: A 10-year Longitudinal Study of Black and White Females

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August 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

BACKGROUND: Primiparity has been associated with 3 to 4 mg/dL lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations in black and white adult women that persist several years after delivery.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the lasting effects of adolescent pregnancy on blood lipids, an early risk factor for future cardiometabolic diseases.

DESIGN: The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Growth and Health Study is a multicenter prospective cohort that measured fasting blood lipids for 1013 (513 black, 500 white) participants at baseline (1987–1988) ages 9–10, and again at follow-up (1996–1997) ages 18–19...

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