TUESDAY July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) – Could tracking a Mediterranean diet help during pregnancy to increase gestational diabetes and excessive weight?
A British study says the answer is yes.
But the researchers added that the dietary regime – high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds and oil oil – is the general risk of complications to mother and does not diminish.
The new study covers more than 1,200 pregnant women in five maternity wards in London and Birmingham, England.
Women who have a Mediterranean-style diet – including 30 grams of mixed nuts per day and extra-virgin olive oil – have a 35% lower risk of developing diabetes in gestational diabetes and receiving 2.75 pounds less , on average, then others.
The findings suggest that a diet in Mediterranean style can benefit women who are not obese, or who have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol (lipid) levels before they are pregnant, according to the authors. The study was published in the journal on July 23 PLOS Medicine.
"This is the first study to show that pregnant women at high risk of complications can benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet to reduce their weight gain and risk of gestational diabetes," said author Shakila Thangaratinam. . She is a professor of mother and perinatal health at London's Queen Mary University.
Thangaratinam said in a news article that women should be at risk of gestational diabetes should be encouraged to adopt a healthier diet early in their pregnancy. Specifically, they should eat more nuts, olive oil, fruit and non-refined grains, she said, while limiting animal fats and sugars.
Study co-author Dr. Bassel Wattar said it was unclear how a diet in Mediterranean style would affect heavy women with high risk and if it could be adjusted for an ethnic diverse population. He is a lecturer in midwifery and gynecology at Queen Mary and the University of Warwick.
"We now know that pregnant women from a city center, multi-ethnic population at high risk, can adapt their diet to a Mediterranean style, and that this can bring important benefits, including a reduction in weight gain and a lower risk of development of gestational diabetes, "Wattar said in a news release.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has more about difficulty and nursing.
SOURCE: Queen Mary University of London, news release, July 23, 2019
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