21 Oct 2014
A recent study has linked the consumption of fried foods by women pre-pregnancy to gestational diabetes (GDM), which is the development of high blood sugar during pregnancy despite no previous diabetes diagnosis. GDM disappears following birth, but women who suffer from it are seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
The study, which was published in the magazine Diabetologia (official journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), caught the attention of many different publications. Among the websites to write about the study were Medical Daily, International Business Times, Food World News, Diabetes.co.uk, Lifehacker, The Telegraph, Irishhealth.com, Family Practice News, Healio, and Medical Xpress.
23 Jul 2013
Expectant mothers may want to pay closer attention to the amount of AGEs they consume while pregnant. A recent study published in Free Radical Journal found that high levels of AGEs can cause complications during pregnancy, including preeclampsia and diabetes.
The study reported that as AGEs interact with their receptors in the tissues, they create an inflammatory reaction in the tissues throughout the body, including those found in the placenta. The prolonged inflammatory reactions created by AGEs led to vascular disorders during pregnancy, including preeclampsia and diabetes.
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and includes a sudden increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine. While preeclampsia is rarely fatal for the mother if treated properly, it can have negative effects on a developing fetus and is one of the leading causes of complications. Preeclampsia is linked to low birth weight, premature birth, and even still birth.
Expectant mothers should monitor AGE consumption during pregnancy by maintaining a healthy diet that avoids excessive sugar, processed foods, and high-fat meats.
In addition to diet, regular prenatal care and avoiding smoking and alcohol during pregnancy can lower your risk of preeclampsia.