Eline M. van der Beek

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Obesity among pregnant women is becoming one of the most important women's health issues. Obesity is associated with increased risk of almost all pregnancy complications: gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, delivery of large-for-GA infants, and higher incidence of congenital defects all occur more frequently than in women(More)
Background:In addition to contemporary lifestyle factors that contribute to the increased obesity prevalence worldwide, early nutrition is associated with sustained effects on later life obesity. We hypothesized that physical properties of dietary lipids contribute to this nutritional programming. We developed a concept infant formula (IMF) with large,(More)
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) are a directly and readily absorbed source of energy. Exposure early-in-life to increased MCFA levels might affect development and impact (lipid) metabolism later in life. We tested whether an increased MCFA intake early-in-life positively affects adult body composition and metabolic status when challenged by a western-style(More)
The functioning of the growth hormone (GH) and reproductive axis is known to be closely related: both GH overexpression and GH-deficiency are associated with dramatic decreases in fertility (Bartke, 1999; Bartke et al, 1999; 2002; Naar et al, 1991). Also, aging results in significant changes in functionality of both axes within a similar time frame. In the(More)
Estradiol is one of the most important hormones in the regulation of estrous behavior, which is at a very low level of expression in the modern dairy cow. In the present study the neuroanatomical distribution of estrogen receptors of the a-subtype (ER-a) in the bovine hypothalamic area is determined with immunocytochemical methods, at various stages of the(More)
Background:More specific total body and abdominal fat mass measures might be stronger associated with cardiovascular risk factors in childhood, than BMI. We examined the independent associations of total and abdominal fat measures with cardiovascular risk factors in school age children.Methods:We performed a population-based cohort study among 6,523(More)
Background:Overweight and obesity in early life tends to track into later life. Not much is known about tracking of abdominal fat. Our objective was to examine the extent of tracking of abdominal fat measures during the first six years of life.Design:We performed a prospective cohort study among 393 Dutch children followed from the age of 2 years (90% range(More)
This study investigates whether improved quality of nutrients during early postnatal life has effects on adult metabolic profile and body composition in a murine model of nutritional programming. Male offspring of C57Bl/6j dams received a diet containing 21% energy (En%) as fat of either 100% vegetable oils [control (CTRL)] or 80% vegetable oils/20% tuna(More)
The effect of supplementation with the omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFA) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on membrane composition and amyloid-β1−42 (Aβ42) secretion was studied in human amyloid-β protein precursor-transfected Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. Twenty-four hour incubation with a range of DHA concentrations resulted in a dosedependent(More)