A new and insightful study, presented at this year’s Endocrinology meeting, that took place in Edinburgh, proves that pregnant women are prone to developing diabetes if they are depressed and chose to sit down for extended periods of time. The study concludes that lack of exercise during pregnancy leads to diabetes and significant weight gain.
British medical researchers have found a direct correlation between depression, pregnancy and associated high risk of developing a form of diabetes named gestational diabetes. We are inclined to add a little foot note here: not all pregnant women who chose to sit down get diabetes. The study underlines that only women who undergo long periods of depression, tend to sit down for extended periods of time. This lack of physical exercise can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart diseases and pregnancy related complication.
Let’s add in a few words about gestational diabetes. According to the notes posted of Mayo’s clinic official website, gestational diabetes is a form of the disease that can occur during later stages of pregnancy. Medical literature on the matter is inclined to frame gestational diabetes into a special context. Unlike any other form of diabetes (like type 1 or 2), gestational diabetes affects the way that your cells use and respond to glucose. If left unchecked, it can ultimately prove to be detrimental to the health of the fetus.
Normally, gestational diabetes can be hold in check through a healthy and correct diet and through regular physical exercises. In a great number of cases, glucose levels will return to normal after delivery.
How can you find out if you have diabetes during pregnancy? Let’s take a closer look at the symptoms. Clinical research argued that most of the patients are asymptomatic. But, in rare cases, an increase in thirst and frequent urination could indicate the onset of a more severe form of gestational diabetes.
Getting back to our study regarding depression and diabetes, we must say that researchers have come up with some interesting number. Lack of exercise during pregnancy leads to diabetes and it seems that clinical depression, the key factor that ties pregnancy to diabetes, has an incidence of approximately 10 percent.
The clinical study was conducted on approximately 1200 pregnant women. Most of them reported a mood shift and lack of physical exercises by the end of the second semester.
In conclusion, the study underlines the fact that if you get the blues during pregnancy, the best thing you can do is to leave your chair or couch and try taking a few steps every now and then. This will make you less prone to developing weight issues and it will be likely to improve your mood.
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