Scientists University Toronto Kaiser Permanente Help Moms Type 2 Diabetes

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Scientists from the University of Toronto and Kaiser Permanente have discovered a more effective method to determine a mother’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes

According to the World Health Organization, 90% of the more than 400 million people with diabetes are stricken with this condition.

Diabetes is, indeed, a global concern. It is the major cause of heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness, and limb amputation.

Millions have died from diabetes and high blood glucose.

Why are pregnant women at risk?

Many women, when they get pregnant, develop gestational diabetes. This means that their blood sugar level increases, especially during the third trimester.

It does not mean that she was already suffering from diabetes when she develops the condition while pregnant, or that she will surely contract type 2 diabetes later in life.

But the condition places a pregnant at risk of type 2 diabetes, 20 up to 50% several years after giving birth.

This is why it’s very important to help pregnant mothers in preventing this from happening.

However, the conventional method of measuring glucose level has its disadvantage. It is very time-consuming that most mothers fail to comply with the medical advice to have their glucose levels regularly monitored.

The more effective solution?

Targeted Metabolomics

This was developed through the unified endeavor of Physiology professor Michael Wheeler of the University of Toronto and senior research scientist Erica Gunderson of the Kaiser Permanente. Instead of relying on glucose level, the team has discovered other metabolites that could help ascertain a mother’s risk more accurately.

And they were able to make predictions with 83% accuracy.

More than 1,000 women who have developed gestational diabetes participated in the Kaiser Permanente’s Study of Women, Infant Feeding and Type 2 Diabetes after GDM Pregnancy (SWIFT). Two months after giving birth, the enrollees underwent oral glucose tolerance tests.

After which, they are being evaluated yearly to determine the effects of breastfeeding and other factors on type 2 diabetes development.

According to Dr. Gunderson, “Early prevention is the key to minimizing the devastating effects of diabetes on health outcomes. By identifying women soon after delivery, we can focus our resources on those at greatest risk who may benefit most from concerted early prevention efforts.”  

Another good thing about this joint effort is that the general population can benefit from the new method that the team has developed. Those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can make the necessary changes in their lifestyle on time.

Mayo Clinic 5 important tips for diabetes prevention

Be more physically active. Engage in regular exercise, both aerobic and resistance training.

Eat plenty of fiber-rich food. Fiber helps blood sugar control and digestion.

Consume more whole grains.

Lose those extra pounds.

Choose a healthy diet, don’t simply follow what seems popular. Follow what’s been recommended by nutritionists since all the food groups are needed by our body.

Changes in lifestyle is really an important key to good health and long life.

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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