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DiabetesMellitus (DM) Type 1 is increased in Maternal Obesity


Did you know that being obese increases your risk of passing on type 1 DM to your baby’s after their birth even with neither parent having DM themselves.

A large Swedish study of more than 1.2 million children found that making active attempts to reduce weight before conception and during pregnancy may help reduce the chances of type 1 DM in children who are born from parents without DM.

The study carefully looked at 1 263 358 kids born between the years of 1992 to 2004 from their birth to a confirmed diagnosis of DM Type1 within the follow up period that ended in 2009.

Researches looked at mother’s body mass indexes (BMI) during 1st trimester that resulted in their respective child’s births.

The BMI is a body fat value determined from an individual’s height and weight. The value is classified through the following ranges as follows:

  1. Underweight = less than 18.5

  2. A normal weight = between 18.5 and 24.9

  3. Overweight = between 25 and 29.9

  4. Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater


It seems that kids born to obese mothers (i.e. with BMI of 30 or more) during pregnancy were associated and increased chances of acquiring Type 1 DM by up to approx. 30% in comparison with kids born to parents who’s featured weights fell under a normal weight range.

There for it seems that parents to be should seek the appropriate diet and exercise advice in order to fall into a normal BMI weight class.

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