Diet and Exercise May Not Lessen Gestational Diabetes Risk

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Lifestyle interventions like diet and exercise are considered first-line measures to prevent gestational diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy. But results of a study conducted at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge suggest that overweight pregnant women who eat better and exercise more develop the condition at the same rate as women who don’t take preventive steps.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2 to 10 percent of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes each year in the U.S., raising the risk of complications in the mother and baby. Results of this study show that preventing gestational diabetes isn’t as straightforward as restricting weight gain.

In a five-year study involving 62 pregnant women, nine developed gestational diabetes. According to the researchers, the primary risk factors for gestational diabetes — excess fat and insulin resistance — were present early in the pregnancies.

Sourced from: Cell Metabolism