All women develop insulin resistance
during their pregnancy – but some develop gestational
diabetes which is diabetes during pregnancy, placing them at very high risk for
diabetes and CVD when they are older. This becomes a vicious cycle because the
risk for diabetes is passed on to the unborn children. We’re trying to
understand why this happens. We believe that we can prevent diabetes and
CVD not only in the mom, but in the offspring.
My goal is to deepen understanding of the link between mother and infant as it pertains to infant adiposity, as a gestational origin of obesity. In doing so, the overarching objective in my research is to advance clinical care in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in women and their families.
I want to know whether diet therapy in gestational diabetes can improve glycemic health in woman, and improve body composition in the newborn infant.