November 18, 2010
Tags: ADHD Tampa Florida, Dr. Nelson Mane D.C. Tampa Florida
Current statistics state that 5 to 10% of school age children suffer from issues relating to ADHD. These children with ADHD are also more likely to have difficulty in school, have substance abuse issues, have higher incarceration rates, higher pregnancy rates, more problems forming relationships and higher obesity rates. Clearly, this is something that we would not want for our children if we can avoid it. ADHD ( Attention Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. These issues normally gain the parents attention as difficulties in school develop. This may also lead to and be associated with lower self esteem and impediments to forming and maintaining relationships.
Here are 3 Risk factors for ADHD that we are unable to control but should make you be more aware and observant of your child for sighs of ADHD include a familiar history, having a boy and a premature birth. Here are 4 risk factor for ADHD that you can control. Stop smoking the second you find out you are pregnant. Don’t drink while you are pregnant. Be aware of toxin exposure such as lead while you are pregnant. And the newest factor and/or tips for skewing thew odds in your favor in order to avoid having a child who suffers form ADHD is to avoid a high fat diet. A high fat diet during pregnancy regardless of the mother’s body fat percentage also may be linked to anxiety and depression. This according to a new study in the Journal of Neuroendocrinology. I have also included a study from the Journal Of Neuroscience for your perusal. There you have it, four tips that may help a pregnant mom avoid having a child with you avoid having a child with ADHD.
Neuroendocrinology.2010 Nov 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Perinatal Exposure to High-Fat Diet Programs Energy Balance, Metabolism and Behavior in Adulthood.
Department of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oreg., USA.
The perinatal environment plays an important role in programming many aspects of physiology and behavior including metabolism, body weight set point, energy balance regulation and predisposition to mental health-related disorders such as anxiety, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Maternal health and nutritional status heavily influence the early environment and have a long-term impact on critical central pathways, including the melanocortinergic, serotonergic system and dopaminergic systems. Evidence from a variety of animal models including rodents and nonhuman primates indicates that exposure to maternal high-fat diet (HFD) consumption programs offspring for increased risk of adult obesity. Hyperphagia and increased preference for fatty and sugary foods are implicated as mechanisms for the increased obesity risk. The effects of maternal HFD consumption on energy expenditure are unclear, and future studies need to address the impact of perinatal HFD exposure on this important component of energy balance regulation. Recent evidence from animal models also indicates that maternal HFD consumption increases the risk of offspring developing mental health-related disorders such as anxiety. Potential mechanisms for perinatal HFD programming of neural pathways include circulating factors, such as hormones (leptin, insulin), nutrients (fatty acids, triglycerides and glucose) and inflammatory cytokines. As maternal HFD consumption and obesity are common and rapidly increasing, we speculate that future generations will be at increased risk for both metabolic and mental health disorders. Thus, it is critical that future studies identify therapeutic strategies that are effective at preventing maternal HFD-induced malprogramming.
Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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J Neurosci. 2010 Mar 10;30(10):3826-30.
Chronic consumption of a high-fat diet during pregnancy causes perturbations in the serotonergic system and increased anxiety-like behavior in nonhuman primate offspring.
Division of Neuroscience, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Beaverton, Oregon 97006, USA.
Childhood obesity is associated with increased risk of behavioral/psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, poor learning, and attention deficient disorder. As the majority of women of child-bearing age are overweight or obese and consume a diet high in dietary fat, it is critical to examine the consequences of maternal overnutrition on the development of brain circuitry that regulates offspring behavior. Using a nonhuman primate model of diet-induced obesity, we found that maternal high-fat diet (HFD) consumption caused perturbations in the central serotonergic system of fetal offspring. In addition, female infants from HFD-fed mothers exhibited increased anxiety in response to threatening novel objects. These findings have important clinical implications as they demonstrate that exposure to maternal HFD consumption during gestation, independent of obesity, increases the risk of developing behavioral disorders such as anxiety.