In human beings, lower birth weight is, over the whole range, correlated with an increased risk for several chronic adult diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Whether this correlation holds true for IVF children as well is not known yet, especially since most IVF progeny have not yet reached an adult stage.
Growth data obtained from regular periodic health examinations at municipal infant welfare centres (GGD) showed that growth in the first two years of life still differs depending on the medium used to culture the embryo for 2-3 days. At present, we examine the health of these children at the age of 9 years (MEDIUM KIDS trial). We mainly focus on physiological (blood pressure, endothelial function etc), metabolic (lipid profile, glucose etc) and anthropometric (length, weight, skin fold thickness etc) examinations.