Blood glucose link to cot death

A link between cot death and low blood glucose levels has been found by researchers.


A team led by Dundee University found what they believe could be a key piece in the puzzle of sudden infant death syndrome.


They identified defects in glucose production, particularly in premature and small babies, which make infants more prone to risk factors linked to cot death.

The researchers found that in some babies key liver genes making and transporting glucose around the body were not “switched on” soon enough after birth.


The team stressed the findings did not explain cot death, and that many other genetic faults and environmental factors could be linked to the syndrome.

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