Journal article

Associations Between Fetal Growth and Self-Perceived Health Throughout Adulthood: A Co-twin Control Study

Miriam A Mosing, Sven Cnattingius, Margaret Gatz, Jenae M Neiderhiser, Nancy L Pedersen

BEHAVIOR GENETICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2016

Abstract

The literature shows evidence for long-lasting effects of low birth weight (LBW) on many health outcomes, but little is known about effects on self-perceived health. Findings are mixed and studies are small, mostly focusing on LBW effects on health outcomes before adulthood. Further, as LBW and most health conditions including self-perceived health are partly heritable, associations between birth weight (BW) and adverse health outcomes may also be due to shared genetic as well as other (pre- and postnatal) unmeasured environmental influences. We explored LBW effects on self-perceived health in early and later adulthood using a very large and genetically informative sample of more than 50,000..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The present work was supported by NIH Grant AG037985, the Swedish Research Council 521-2013-8689, the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare 2013-2292, and the European Union's Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2011-2015 Under Grant Agreement 259679). The Swedish Twin Registry is supported by the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education. We would like to thank the Swedish twins for their participation.