Good news for women at risk of diabetes during pregnancy
Consuming soy protein during pregnancy may help women with gestational diabetes control their blood sugar and cholesterol levels, according to a small study.
Other research has found that soy can be beneficial in type 2 diabetes, so similar results with the kind of diabetes that first occurs during pregnancy are not surprising, said senior author Zatollah Asemi of Kashan University of Medical Sciences in Iran.
Gestational diabetes often happens during the middle of pregnancy, and can usually be managed with a healthy diet and regular exercise, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Having high blood sugar during pregnancy may lead to high blood pressure, a larger baby and an increased risk of needing a C-section.
The researchers included 68 pregnant women with gestational diabetes in their study. All were in or around their 26th week of pregnancy at the start of the study period, and were followed until they delivered.
The study team separated the women into two groups at random, with half assigned to a diet where 35 percent of the protein came from soy and the rest from animal and plant sources. The other half of women were assigned to a diet with 70 percent of the protein from animal sources, such as meat and cheese and 30 percent from plant sources, such as legumes.
The women followed the diets for six weeks. Those in the soy group received commercially available textured soy protein and directions on how to prepare it.
At the end of the six-week period, fasting blood sugar levels and insulin levels had decreased for women in the soy group whereas these two markers had increased for women in the comparison group.
(Source – yahoo news)
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