DIABETES DURING PREGNANCY DOUBLES DEPRESSION RISK IN NEW MUMS
11,024 American women on low-incomes were monitored for diabetes for 6 months prior to and 1 year following giving birth. After taking into account other factors that could affect the results, women with any type of diabetes had nearly double the odds of having a depression diagnosis or taking an antidepressant medication during this period, than those who had no indication of diabetes.
Our comment: This study illustrates the importance of maintaining balanced blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Whilst 'eating for two', ensure your diet remains low in sugar and refined carbohydrates and high in nutritious whole foods.
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Association Between Diabetes and Perinatal Depression Among Low-Income Mothers. Kozhimannil et al., JAMA. 2009;301(8):842-847.
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