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ABC is the first Aboriginal birth cohort in Canada, and it seeks to understand the factors that cause adiposity (fatness) in Aboriginal children during the first three years of age.
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ABC is the first Aboriginal birth cohort in Canada, and it seeks to understand the factors that cause adiposity (fatness) in Aboriginal children during the first three years of age.
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Our cohort is slowly building up! We have 91 women enrolled so far and have had over 60 births! Congratulations to everyone who has welcomed home their new baby! Best wishes and health!
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People of Aboriginal ancestry are a growing segment of the Canadian population, and they are at a high risk of developing type II diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Specifically, increased adiposity (fatness) is known to be associated with increased risk for diabetes and CVD. Evidence suggests that adiposity, and some other conditions including allergy and asthma may be programmed early in life and influenced by both genetics and the environment (including in-utero environment).

 

To date, there have not been any Aboriginal birth cohorts in Canada. Thus, to better understand the pre- and postnatal influences on the development of adiposity, related CVD risk factors, allergy, and asthma in Aboriginal people, we propose to recruit and follow prospectively Aboriginal pregnant mothers and their offspring from the Six Nations Reserve.