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Diabetes Watch Blog: Exercise Reduces Risk Of Pregnancy Induced Diabetes

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Jan 16, 2006

Exercise Reduces Risk Of Pregnancy Induced Diabetes

Exercise Reduces Risk Of Pregnancy Induced Diabetes
Doing regular exercise before and during pregnancy may prevent you from having a pregnancy-induced diabetes, which is also known gestational diabetes.

These findings are from a recently published study, which appeared in the medical journal Epidemiology. Gestational diabetes affects more than 7 percent of pregnancies and is associated with harmful effects on the fetus and mother-to-be, according to the authors of the study in the

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes may be abnormally large, may suffer from jaundice, low blood sugar and low calcium, and may experience traumatic births, they explain, while women with gestational diabetes are more likely to become diabetic after pregnancy.

This study was conducted by Dr. Carole B. Rudra and colleagues from the University of Washington. These researchers examined the relation between gestational diabetes and "perceived exertion" in lean and overweight women. They did this, in part, by asking the women how they would rate their level of exertion during usual exercise in the year before becoming pregnant.

The investigators found that the higher the level of perceived exertion, the lower was the risk of pregnancy-related diabetes. Women reporting very strenuous usual exertion were 81 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes compared with women reporting negligible or minimal exertion. Women reporting moderate usual exertion had a 59 percent risk reduction compared with women reporting negligible or weak exertion.


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