Medicine and Health

Seminar: It’s Never too Early: Diabetes Prevention in Pregnancy

It’s Never too Early: Diabetes Prevention in Pregnancy.

The Department of Epidemiology & Public Health presents:

As the prevalence of diabetes continues to rise worldwide, it is increasingly important to implement strategies to prevent diabetes onset. Exposures during pregnancy have profound long-term implications for the health of the next generation. For example, the 'Fetal Origins Hypothesis' proposes that coronary heart disease and diabetes may be developmentally programmed early in life in response to the food the mother eats, the exercise she gets, and the stress she experiences both during and prior to pregnancy.

Fortunately, women are particularly motivated to adopt healthy lifestyle habits during pregnancy for their own health and that of their babies. Capitalizing on this ‘teachable moment’, Dr. Chasan-Taber has led a national research team in the conduct of behavioral interventions among high risk, ethnically diverse pregnant women. In this presentation, Dr. Chasan-Taber will describe the design, implementation, and impact of such lifestyle interventions on disease risks among mothers and their babies. Such healthy lifestyle modifications in pregnancy are extremely promising in their potential to protect both women and their babies against both short- term (high gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes) and long-term (metabolic syndrome, obesity, sedentary behavior, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease) health complications.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 1.15-2pm
Location: Western Gateway Building Room 4.05
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Marsha Tracey

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