■ THE chance of chil­dren de­vel­op­ing Type 2 diabetes more than triples if their moth­ers are obese dur­ing preg­nancy, re­searchers have said.

A study, which in­volved the birth records of 118,201 chil­dren span­ning more than 60 years, looked at the link be­tween the body mass in­dex (BMI) of preg­nant women and the risk of their child de­vel­op­ing the con­di­tion right up to adult­hood.

The re­search also found that the risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 diabetes in­creased by 40% for chil­dren of over­weight, as op­posed to obese, women.

■ SCI­EN­TISTS may have dis­cov­ered the ear­li­est warn­ing signs of Parkin­son’s dis­ease in the brain. Changes to the sero­tonin sys­tem – which re­lays mes­sages across the brain – ap­pear to oc­cur years be­fore pa­tients show any vis­i­ble symp­toms.

The find­ings, pub­lished in jour­nal The Lancet Neu­rol­ogy, could lead to new meth­ods of iden­ti­fy­ing in­di­vid­u­als at a high risk of de­vel­op­ing Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

Mum’s obe­sity puts kids at risk

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