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New Canadian study uncovers surprising health risk of being pregnant with a boy

by , 25 May 2015

Did you know that a baby's gender can affect your risk for diabetes during pregnancy? That's right.

The medical term for this is “gestational diabetes”. And a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that carrying a baby boy can increase your risk of getting it.

Surprisingly, it also found carrying a girl increases your risk of type 2 diabetes after pregnancy!

To learn more about diabetes during and after pregnancy (and how to avoid it), read on.

Women pregnant with sons are more prone to gestational diabetes

For the study, lead author Dr Baiju Shah of the University of Toronoto and his team reviewed data from 643,000 Canadian women. The women had their first child between 2000 and 2010.
Researchers found that women carrying a son were more likely to develop gestational diabetes. The team wasn’t, however, able to prove cause-and-effect of this.

Why gestational diabetes might occur

“It’s thought that gestational diabetes occurs because of a combination of underlying metabolic abnormalities in the mother and temporary metabolic changes that take place during pregnancy,” Dr Shah explained in a news release.
And “our findings suggest that a male foetus leads to greater pregnancy-associated metabolic changes than a female foetus does,” he added.
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Women pregnant with daughters are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes after pregnancy

The study also found that women pregnant with daughters had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy. They also found that those who developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy were at increased risk.
Once again, cause-and-effect couldn’t be proven (the study wasn’t designed to do this), but researchers assume that women who developed type 2 diabetes after pregnancy had some or other underlying health issue for this to occur. 

Do this to prevent diabetes during and after pregnancy

Developing gestational diabetes is pretty common during pregnancy, according to American physician and medical writer Dr Lindsay Marcellin. She explains that the condition is dangerous though, and can cause complications during pregnancy and delivery.
Dr Marcellin stresses that maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising lightly and monitoring your blood sugar are three effective ways of preventing gestational diabetes as well as type 2 diabetes as a result of pregnancy.
If you struggle to keep your weight under control during pregnancy, Dr Marcellin recommends consulting a nutritionist therapist ASAP.
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