The double-edged sword effects of maternal nutrition in the developmental programming of hypertension

Chien Ning Hsu, You Lin Tain*

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Hypertension is a growing global epidemic. Developmental programming resulting in hypertension can begin in early life. Maternal nutrition status has important implications as a double-edged sword in the developmental programming of hypertension. Imbalanced maternal nutrition causes offspring’s hypertension, while specific nutritional interventions during pregnancy and lactation may serve as reprogramming strategies to reverse programming processes and prevent the development of hypertension. In this review, we first summarize the human and animal data supporting the link between maternal nutrition and developmental programming of hypertension. This review also presents common mechanisms underlying nutritional programming-induced hypertension. This will be followed by studies documenting nutritional interventions as reprogramming strategies to protect against hypertension from developmental origins. The identification of ideal nutritional interventions for the prevention of hypertension development that begins early in life will have a lifelong impact, with profound savings in the global burden of hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1917
Issue number12
StatePublished - 12 2018

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  • Developmental programming
  • Fat
  • Fructose
  • Hypertension
  • Nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Reprogramming


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