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Type 2 Diabetes - Is Exercise Beneficial in Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes, the temporary form of diabetes detected during pregnancy, is a health problem for both the mother and child. Fortunately, according to research reported on in October of 2017 in the journal Women and Birth, physical activity is effective in treating the condition. Scientists at the University of Zagreb in Croatia together with several research institutions in Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia studied thirty-eight women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes…

  • one group of women were treated with standard care together with brisk 30-minute walks every day.
  • another group received the usual attention.

By the time of delivery, the pregnant mothers in the exercise group had lower blood sugar levels after meals than the non-exercise group. From these results, the investigators concluded physical activity had a beneficial effect on sugar tolerance in Gestational diabetes.

In January of 2017, another team of scientists found exercise is also effective in helping women to control their weight gain during pregnancy. The American Journal of Health Promotion reported researchers at the University of Massachusetts and several different institutions in the United States compared 241 pregnant women at high risk for developing the temporary form of diabetes during their pregnancy…

  • one group of 118 women were assigned to an exercise group while the other
  • 123 were assigned to a comparison group.

After 12 weeks the women in the exercise group had lower average weight gains than those in the comparison group, and fewer of them gained the amount of weight that was recommended. These results led the investigators to conclude exercise helped women increase their weight gain only by the suggested amount.

A different study was reported on in August 2017 in the journal Health and Technology Assessment and indicated much the same results out of The London School of Medicine and various research facilities in Europe, Australia, Canada, Iran, and Brazil. Researchers performed analyses of earlier work comparing exercise with a sedentary lifestyle. In thirty-three studies involving 9320 females, pregnancy weight gain was lowered by an average of 1.5 pounds (about 0.70 kg).

The Mayo Clinic in the United States also recommends physical activity during pregnancy to control weight gain, as well as…

  • to reduce backaches,
  • lower constipation, bloating, and swelling,
  • reduce constipation, bloating and swelling,
  • help elevate mood and energy levels, and
  • improve muscle tone, strength, and endurance.

Before beginning a physical activity program do not hesitate to consult your obstetrician or midwife. It has been found exercise can be dangerous in the presence of…

  • heart or lung disease,
  • anemia,
  • bleeding,
  • a threatened miscarriage, or
  • high blood pressure.

Exercise in pregnancy has many benefits for the mother and baby but always follow the guidelines of your health care provider.


Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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