High animal fat diet increases gestational diabetes risk – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers are suggesting that pregnant women change the source of dietary calories from animal fat to plant-derived sources to decrease their risk for gestational diabetes.
Zhang: For women who are planning for pregnancy, they should also work on their diet.
Balintfy: Dr. Cuilin Zhang at the NIH says results from a recent study show that even for women who exercise, consuming higher amounts of animal fat and cholesterol have higher risk.
Zhang: Gestational diabetes is such a common pregnancy complication, it’s really important to identify modifiable factors to help women to prevent the development of this disorder during pregnancy.
Balintfy: For details on this research, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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