Low weight babies are more prone to various diseases and infections, as the doctors say but now there is a more to be worried as a new study has found that babies born with extremely low birth weight (ELBW) are four times more likely to develop higher body fat than normal birth weight (NBW) babies.
Study published in the journal Pediatrics found that babies born with less than 2.2 pounds develop an abnormality called dysglycemia which is abnormal blood glucose and lower lean mass.
According to the study, approximately 26 percent of ELBW babies have dysglycemia while the disease is prevalent in only 8 per cent of the NBW babies.
The researchers also noticed that as these babies are born early, they live outside the womb during the most important developmental period for fat and muscle development. This leads to this condition called dysglycemia.
The research was conducted to find the potential implications for the ELBW babies and to identify ways to help those born premature births and their implications on health.