Probiotics may reduce gestational diabetes during pregnancy

Women who develop high blood sugar during pregnancy have gestational diabetes. Doctors aren’t sure, but think hormones from the placenta block the action of the mother’s insulin, raising blood sugar levels. The excess sugar can flow to the baby, stimulating insulin and creating stores of fat and other complications. In this study, 373 women between 14 and 16 weeks pregnant, took the probiotic L. rhamnosus or a placebo.

Through birth, 6.5 percent of the women taking the placebo developed gestational diabetes compared to 2.1 percent for those taking the probiotic. Discussing the findings, doctors said the probiotic benefits were greatest in older women and among those who previously had gestational diabetes.


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