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Poor maternal diet can increase chance of diabetes

Friday 6th January 2012
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Mothers who have a poor diet during pregnancy can increase the chance of their child developing diabetes in later life.

Doctors and those who have a dietician job have looked for new ways to prevent the spread of the disease and now researchers at the University of Leicester have found that poor nutrition in the womb can put a person at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other age-related diseases in later life.

Statistics from Diabetes UK show that in Britain alone there are 2.6 million people that have been diagnosed with diabetes with 90 per cent of people who have the disease have the type 2 strain of the condition. Experts believe that by 2025 this finding could lead to new ways of identifying people who are at a higher risk of developing these diseases and might open up targets for treatment.

Professor Anne Willis of the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester said: "One of the ways that our bodies cope with a rich modern western diet is by storing excess calories in fat cells. When these cells aren't able to absorb the excess then fats get deposited in other places, like the liver, where they are much more dangerous and can lead to type 2 diabetes."

The research shows that individuals who experience a poor diet in the womb are less able to store fats correctly in later life. Storing fats in the right areas of the body is important because otherwise they can accumulate in places like the liver and muscle where they are more likely to lead to disease.

Many doctors have been quick to dismiss weight loss surgery as a cure for type 2 diabetes but it can improve a patient's blood sugar level saying that although it can benefit some people the conventional injections should be used instead.

written by James PuckleADNFCR-1780-ID-801257880-ADNFCR

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