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01-28-2016 | Gestational diabetes | Review | Article

Sedentary behavior, gestational diabetes mellitus, and type 2 diabetes risk: where do we stand?


Authors: Steven T. Johnson, Brigid Lynch, Jeff Vallance, Margie H. Davenport, Paul A. Gardiner, Sonia Butalia

Publisher: Springer US


A substantial number of pregnancies are complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and up to 70 % of women with GDM go on to develop type 2 diabetes. Given the extensive body of research suggesting physical activity reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, facilitating physical activity, and reducing sedentary time may be effective approaches to promote the health of women with a previous GDM diagnosis. Here, we discuss physical activity, exercise, and sedentary behavior, in the context of GDM and the potential for type 2 diabetes risk reduction.

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