Published On: Tue, May 17th, 2016

Diabetic mothers can elevate body fat of babies

Happy mother with a baby lying on a white bed

Happy mother with a baby lying on a white bed

A research study has recommended that babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are probable to possess much body fat at two months subsequent to birth as contrasted to babies born to healthy mothers.

The results shared that though babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes had no disparities in body fat substance at birth, but later than two months they had 16 percent much body fat contrasted to those born to healthy mothers.

Karen Logan, who is the lead researcher of the study at Imperial College of London in Britain, stated that “This new study suggests diabetes in the mother can trigger changes in the baby at a very early stage,”

Moreover, babies born to these mothers are at elevated jeopardy of growing diabetes in adulthood.

The researchers further added that ‘Alterations in the baby’s metabolism whereas in the womb – or even differences in the composition of breast milk in mothers with gestational diabetes can be some of the reasons behind the differences’, the paper was cited in the journal Diabetes Care.

Gestational diabetes generally began when the woman is almost seven months pregnant and consequently in a woman’s blood sugar levels arriving very elevated. Surplus weight and further reasons for example genetic predisposition have been recognized as the major reasons of gestational diabetes.

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The state, normally, determines rapidly subsequent to giving birth but can lift up the woman danger of type 2 diabetes afterward in life.

Neena Modi, who is the Professor at Imperial College of London, stated that “The majority of babies in our study were breastfed, and previous studies have suggested that diabetes may cause changes in breast milk – so that it contains more sugar, fat or different levels of compounds that control appetite, called hunger hormones,”

To conduct the research study, the scientists scanned 42 babies whose mothers were identified with gestational diabetes, and 44 babies born to mothers devoid of the state, as a healthy control set.

Employing MRI scanned the team evaluated body fat in the babies. They got these interpretations abruptly later than birth, and once more when the babies were eight to 12 weeks old.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.