Friday 22 September 2017

Mother's blood pressure can affect thinking

John von Radowitz

High blood pressure during pregnancy can affect a child's thinking skills throughout its life, research suggests.

Scientists studied 398 men born between 1934 and 1944 whose mothers' blood pressure during pregnancy was recorded.

The men were tested for language skills, maths reasoning, visual ability and spatial ability at the age of 20 and again at an average age of 69.

Men whose mothers experienced high blood pressure while pregnant performed less well than those whose mothers never suffered the problem.

On average, they scored 4.36 points lower on the tests at 69 years old.

The same group also had lower scores at the age of 20, and their scores declined faster over the decades than did those of the other men.

Irish Independent

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