Sunday, June 12, 2005

Exercise and Gestational Diabetes

Another interesting report came from from the Nurses Health Study - a huge study looking at the effects of different treatments and lifestyles on the health of women who were followed for decades. The report showed that women who engaged in exercise in early adulthood (age 18-22) had a much lower risk of gestational diabetes when they got older and became pregnant. This could be modest or vigorous activity such as walking or stair climbing. Gestational diabetes affects about 4 percent of all pregnant women but here's a way to possibly ward it off by exercising at least modestly in youth.

This calls to attention the fact that exercise is not only helpful to prevent cardiovascular disease and promote overall wellness but for women of child-bearing age, it seems helpful in preventing gestational diabetes too.