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Is IVF a risk for deadly diseases

Is IVF a risk for deadly diseases

People conceived through IVF treatment should be monitored for the early onset of high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers before the age of 50, according to a fertility specialist. While IVF is generally considered to produce healthy babies, doctors have identified subtle genetic changes that may raise the risk of particular medical conditions in later life. The extent to which IVF babies develop more hypertension, diabetes and cancer will begin to emerge over the next two decades as they enter middle age, doctors said. Some children have extra arms or extra heads and some have a risk of undesirable outcomes.

IVF may significantly increase birth defect risk, especially in the heart, eyes, reproductive organs and urinary systems, among children born through the technique. There is a higher risk of being babies low birth weight and results in obese tendency. The major birth defects seen in babies born via IVF and/or ICSI included heart defects and malformations of the urogenital tract, such as hypospadias (an abnormality in the position of the opening of the urethra in boys). Some children have Beckwith-Weidemann syndrome, which is marked by body overgrowth, and may increase risk of certain cancers and also had bilateral retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye’s retina). Children born via assisted reproductive technology had a five times higher rate for minor birth defects such as angiomas (a benign tumor of small blood vessels causing a red growth on the skin). Angiomas were twice as common in girls as in boys, the study found.

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