Raised adult blood pressure linked to failure to achieve growth potential in utero

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1479 (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1479
  1. Catherine M Law,
  2. Caroline H D Fall,
  3. Christopher N Martyn,
  4. Clive Osmond
  1. Epidemiologist Epidemiologist Clinical scientist Statistician MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR,—In their study of men in Uppsala, David A Leon and colleagues found that the highest blood pressures were in men who had been small babies but grew to be tall adults.1 They argue that these babies failed to achieve their growth potential in utero. We replicated their analysis in three studies of men born in England (in Hertfordshire (in 1920-30, n = 841), Preston (1935-43, n = 239), and Sheffield (1939-41, …

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