Friday, October 30, 2009

Children of veggies-eating moms have lower risk of type 1 diabetes

What’s common between actresses Halle Berry, Sharone Stone and Vanessa Williams, singers Nick Jonas, Johnny Cash and Elliot Yamin, Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, jazz composer Miles Davis and rocker Tommy Lee?

They all suffer from type 1 diabetes. Behind their glamorous lives lie painful insulin injections and numerous health problems.

But you can avoid joining the juvenile diabetes club. Just be born to a mother who likes overdosing on vegetables.

Because the higher your mother’s intake of greens when she was pregnant with you, the lower your chances of developing the disease, says a Swedish study.

Researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy and Linköping University in Sweden studied the blood samples of around 6,000 five-year-olds to check for antibodies that kill insulin-producing beta cells in pancreas.

These beta cells, in children at risk of developing type 1 diabetes, become sluggish as time goes by.

About 3 per cent of the subjects were found to high levels of these antibodies or even fully-developed type 1 diabetes.

However, the researchers found that the antibody was twice more common in children whose mothers rarely ate veggies during pregnancy than kids whose mother did daily.

Hilde Brekke, the lead author of the study, said, “This is the first study to show a link between vegetable intake during pregnancy and the risk of the child subsequently developingtype 1 diabetes, but more studies of various kinds will be needed before we can say anything definitive.”
The study’s findings have been published in the journal Pediatric Diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually develops at younger ages, even childhood, up to the age of 35 years. Although the exact cause of the disease is not known, immunological factors, toxins in the environment and genetic mutations are believed to contribute to its development.

The other form of diabetes, type 2, which usually develops much later in life, is caused by sedentary lifestyle, excess body weight, unhealthy eating habits and stress.

Green is the colour of good health. Remind your mommy.

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