Diabetes Forecast

Exercise Protects Women After Gestational Diabetes

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,
pregnant woman in silhouette sitting on exercise ball

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Women who had gestational diabetes while pregnant are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes down the road. But there’s good news: Regular exercise cuts that risk. In a study of 4,554 women with prior gestational diabetes, every 100 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise (including walking) translated to a 9 percent lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, more time spent in front of the TV was linked to higher body weight and a greater risk for diabetes.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online May 19, 2014



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