Is cholesterol level linked to premature birth?

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – A study co-authored by a University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor says there may be link between high or low pre-pregnancy cholesterol  and premature births.

Assistant Professor Melissa Wellons, M.D. and her co-authors collected data as part of the CARDIA study to compare cholesterol levels of woman who had given birth to babies with differing lengths of gestation.

"Our study, which we believe is the first of its kind, shows that there is a relationship between cholesterol level and preterm birth," regardless of other factors, such as the number of times a woman gives birth, her race or her BMI,  Wellons said. "However, further research is needed to identify the mechanisms that link low or high cholesterol to preterm birth, as well as maternal and infant cardiovascular disease risk later in life."

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