Vitamin C may reduce gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs when a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. The condition affects women over age 25 and raises chances for type 2 diabetes.

Doctors believe oxidative stress plays a role, and wanted to see if women who took the antioxidant vitamin C during pregnancy would be less likely to develop this condition.

In this study, doctors measured vitamin C in the diets of 3,009 women pregnant with one child, and without a history of diabetes, and screened for gestational diabetes during weeks 24 through 28 of pregnancy.

Overall, women who got more than 200 mg of vitamin C per day from diet were 32 percent less likely to develop gestational diabetes compared to women who got lower levels of vitamin C.

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