"Baby Weight" May Up Diabetes, CVD Risk in New Moms
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New moms who do not lose excess pregnancy weight in the first year after delivery are at a greater risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to research published in Diabetes Care. More than 300 women participated in the study and had their weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels tracked throughout their pregnancy and for the first year postpartum. Approximately three-quarters on the women lost their excess pregnancy weight in the first postpartum year and had healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while one-fourth gained weight and showed increased diabetes and heart disease risk factors. The authors emphasize that losing excess pregnancy weight between three and twelve months postpartum is important to reduce these risk factors.
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