Findings from this study show that low birth weight (below the 10th percentile) can lead later in life to low concentrations of cortisol, a hormone that regulates stress response by adjusting blood pressure and blood sugar levels. An imbalance in cortisol can result in a host of common adult diseases, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes. This study indicates that there may be a link between fetal life conditions and adult disease.
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