Blood Sugar, Birth, and Babies
Dr. Fuhrman makes it pretty clear. A nutrient-dense vegetable-based diet is the key to long-term health. Among other things, you’ll lose weight, prevent disease, and maintain healthy blood sugar. A good thing, because according to this report, high blood sugar is bad news if you’re pregnant. Carla K. Johnson of the Associated Press explains:
The research involved more than 23,000 pregnant women in nine countries. It found a surprisingly strong relationship between the blood sugar levels of the women and the rate of big babies and first-time Caesarean sections, said lead investigator Dr. Boyd Metzger of Northwestern University.
The newborns also were more likely to have low blood sugar levels and high insulin levels if their mothers' blood sugar levels were higher. The problems can lead to obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure later in life.
Large babies risk shoulder damage and other injuries if delivered vaginally and lead to more C-sections, which also pose health risks to mothers and babies.
Large babies were defined in the study as those bigger than 90 percent of those born in the local population, so large Thai babies would be smaller than large U.S. babies.
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