New research from Aberdeen, which examined more than 100,000 people born between 1950 and 2011, found babies born to mothers who were obese during pregnancy were three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
The study also found that about a quarter of women were overweight during pregnancy for over 60 years.
It is alarming that the proportion of obese mothers quintupled between 2000 and 2011 from around one in 30 in the 1950s to almost one in six. The direct result is that the number of children with type 2 diabetes also increased significantly.
Here at Motivation we have long been campaigning for more education about the dangers that Type II poses to the general health of the country as a whole.
Prof. Rebecca Reynolds of the Tommy Center for Maternal and Child Health at the University of Edinburgh said:
"Our results underscore the urgent need to find ways to help women plan their pregnancy by optimizing their health – including achieving and maintaining a healthy weight."
This survey clearly shows, given the significant size of the study group, that Type 2 is a disease that we need to address.
What is frustrating is that this disease is completely preventable and that there are many thousands of children with type 2 diabetes who shouldn't have the disease at all.
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