High animal fat diet increases gestational diabetes risk – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes seen during pregnancy. It increases the risk for certain pregnancy complications and health problems in the newborn.
Bowers: One of the major risk factors is obesity.
Balintfy: Dr. Katherine Bowers at the NIH is the lead author of a paper about how eating animal fat before getting pregnant is linked to gestational diabetes.
Bowers: I think one of the important points of this paper though is that it’s not just obesity, but the independent and the specific dietary factors themselves. For example the specific fats, animal fat – the source of the fat – and cholesterol.
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