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Pre-pregnancy lifestyle impacts gestational diabetes risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A woman's pre-pregnancy lifestyle may strongly impact her risk of developing diabetes while pregnant. Healthy eating, regular exercise, healthy weight and no history of smoking before pregnancy were each powerfully linked to whether women would develop "gestational diabetes," according to a new U.S. study.

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Dr. Barry Sears

The period in the womb has the greatest impact on epigenetic marks left on the fetal DNA.  This is why the mother’s diet is so important to generate better metabolic health after the birth of the child.

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