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— June 3, 2019

Diabetic Expectant Moms, Babies Both Benefit from Vitamin D

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Diabetic Expectant Moms, Babies Both Benefit from Vitamin D

Scientists already knew that having adequate amounts of vitamin D in one’s blood reduces insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. Now it appears that giving supplemental vitamin D to expectant mothers with diabetes not only improves the women’s health, but also helps their newborns as well.

An Iranian research team pooled together a number of clinical studies, involving a total of 310 women, and analyzed the results. Compared with women who took placebos during pregnancy, women who took vitamin D supplements showed improvements in fasting glucose, cholesterol levels and levels of a key inflammation marker called hs-CRP.

In addition, babies born to women in the supplement group had a lower risk of developing hyperbilirubinemia, in which a red blood cell breakdown product called bilirubin builds up in a baby’s blood and tissues. This can cause jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Results were reported in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.

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