Research Finds Link Between Proinflammatory Diet During Pregnancy & Wheezing In Childhood

The age-old warning of “you are what you eat” may seem laughable to most people in this day and age since science has shown that there is plenty of different reasons, such as genetics, that come into play with regards to a person’s physique or health issues. However, a new study has shown that the old warning may actually be true, at least in terms of one's diet during pregnancy and the likelihood of children developing asthma or wheezing in the future.

According to Pulmonary Advisor, Project Viva, as the study was called, took place from 1999 to 2002 at Atrius Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Massachusetts and focused on mother-child pairs.

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The researchers had an inkling that inflammation occurring when a woman was pregnant could be a part of the reason why some children either get asthma or wheeze, so they decided to see if there was any association between moms that had a pro-inflammatory diet during pregnancy and any childhood issues with the respiratory system.

They examined 1,424 pairs and looked at the mom’s diet in both her first and second trimester of pregnancy, which led to the creation of the “Dietary Inflammation Index” scores that were used in the study.

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The researchers also made sure to note if the children in the study had asthma or wheezing issues the year before as well as looking at the current state of their lungs. The end results of this investigation showed a link between mothers that had a pro-inflammatory diet and childhood wheezing. They also pointed out that this kind of diet also led to lower forced expiratory flow at around mid-childhood.

However, the researchers were unable to find a link between a pro-inflammatory diet and other childhood respiratory issues, such as asthma. The results of Project Viva went on to be published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. For women that are pregnant and have some concerns about the results of this study, it is best to talk to a doctor and ask their thoughts on the study.

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