Healthy Living Before Pregnancy May Reduce Diabetes Risk
Our PregActive programs cover all required aspects of achieving a healthy lifestyle. And now, research shows that by healthy living before pregnancy may reduce diabetes risk.
This study reported on links between the development of diabetes in pregnancy and certain lifestyle factors, however; the study was not designed to prove whether or not they directly caused diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that can potentially have harmful effects on mothers and babies.
Research on Diabetes and Pregnancy
Studied the data from more than 14,000 American women.
Results of Study
1. They found that the strongest risk factor for gestational diabetes during pregnancy was being overweight or obese during pregnancy.
2. Women who were obese ‘pre-pregnancy‘ had more than a four times higher risk of gestational diabetes than those who had a normal weight before pregnancy.
3. Women who were at a normal weight at the start of pregnancy, and who didn’t smoke and were physically active had a 52 percent lower risk of developing gestational diabetes than other women.
4. Women who ticked the box for making all the right healthy lifestyle choices (healthy nutrition, maintained a healthy weight, exercised, did not smoke) were 83% less likely to develop gestational diabetes than those with none of those habits.
5. Researchers believe that almost half of all gestational diabetes could be prevented if women were at a normal, healthy weight before pregnancy, didn’t smoke and participated in regular physical activity.
This research shows that the healthy lifestyle choices you make pre-pregnancy and also during pregnancy can play a significant role in you reducing the chances of developing diabetes.
While there are often other ‘uncontrollable’ factors at play there is enough evidence to provide the encouragement you need to get PregActive today and address all of your lifestyle habits that you can control.