Large babies born to mothers with diabetes have almost three times the normal risk of growing up overweight or obese, scientists have found.
The same study indicated that breastfeeding during the first five months of life decreased the chance that a child would become obese or overweight by around 25%.
Scientists looked at more than 81,000 pre-school children born between January 2005 and August 20013 in Alberta, Canada.
The children were grouped into different categories according to their height and weight, their size at birth, and their mothers had diabetes in pregnancy or not.
Analysis showed that compared to children born were the normal size for diabetes mothers, those who were more than average when they were born and mothers with diabetes 2.79 times were more likely to be overweight or & # 39; n ordew.
Further study showed that being a large age-to-gestifiable (LGA) age only contributed 39% to the risk of children's obesity.
The researchers considered cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The connection with childhood obesity was stronger for mothers with Type 2 disease.
Closing in the Diabetologia magazine, researchers led by Dr Padma Kaul, from the University of Alberta, came to the conclusion: "We hope these findings will reinforce public health campaigns advising women who are Intend pregnancy, such as smoking, drinking alcohol and other lifestyle choices, their pre-pregnancy weight, and gaining weight and managing blood sugar during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the health of their children in the future. "
– Press Society