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The South Asian Birth Cohort Sub-study: Optimal Perinatal Health Behaviours from the Perspectives of Grandmothers- officially released by Canadian Institute of Health Research in the 'Video Talks' competition for 2016.
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Providing further understanding of the link between low birth weights and obesity later in life, researchers found nutritionally deprived newborns are "programmed" to eat more because they develop less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake
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South Asian newborns have higher risk of diabetes
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We now have 1012 mothers enrolled in the START study!
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South Asians are the fastest growing immigrant population in Canada, and they are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Increased adiposity is associated with an increased risk for diabetes and CVD. Evidence suggests that adiposity may be programmed early in life and influenced by both genetics and the environment (including the in-utero environment). START is the first South Asian-specific birth cohort in Canada, and it seeks to resolve conflicting reports from urban and rural areas in India regarding adiposity and birth weight among South Asian babies. START will help us understand the causes of adiposity among South Asian newborns and infants, and enable us to develop prevention strategies in this high risk community.