Scientists from Toronto urge new mothers to lose their baby weight
Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, decided to test the theory, watching risk factors during the first 12 months after childbirth.
They examined more than 300 women throughout pregnancy and a year after delivery and found that three quarters of them, who lost some of the pounds of pregnancy, were found to have healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Instead, the remaining 1/4 revealed an important increase of the risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that the elevated risk factors had not been apparent at three months postpartum.
Study leader Dr. Ravi Retnakaran, an endocrinologist and Associate Professor at Toronto University, said: “That means that the nine-month window leading up to one year after birth is a critical time for women to ensure that they are losing at least some of their pregnancy weight”.