Expectant moms can pass down high blood pressure, study claims

October 3, 2012 1:32:53 PM PDT
A new study says expectant mothers can pass along the harmful effects of high blood pressure to their children even into their old age.

For a study in the journal Neurology, researchers looked at almost 400 adult men born between 1934 and 1944. Their thinking abilities, including math and language skills, were assessed at age 20 and then again at age 69.

The finding: men born to mothers who had high blood pressure during pregnancy scored lower at both ages.

This leads researchers to think that mental declines later in life may be traced all the way back to the womb.