Study: C-section may cause genetic changes

June 30, 2009 9:47:25 AM PDT
Caesarean section births cause genetic changes in babies that may increase the odds of developing diseases later in life. That's the claim of a new study by Swedish researchers.

They studied blood from newborns' umbilical cords.

Findings show right after birth babies born by c-section had a higher rates of chemical altering of d-n-a in white blood cells than vaginal born babies.

Researchers suspect these early genetic changes may be why people born by c-section may be likely to develop diabetes, asthma or leukemia.

Learn more about this study in the July issue of the scientific journal Acta Paediatrica.