A new study has shown that Chinese women who participated in moderate or high levels of exercise during pregnancy had significantly reduced risks of gestational diabetes. This was compared to women who sat at home for extended periods of time throughout the day, as these women had an increased risk of developing the condition.
This study was completed at Tianjin Medical University in China and analyzed data from 11,450 pregnant women beginning at a gestational age of 12 weeks. Within the group, about 81% were engaged in moderate or high physical activity, while about 43.2% reported that they sat at home for more than four hours per day. A total of 840 women developed gestational diabetes during their pregnancies.
These findings were published in The European Journal of Endocrinology on March 10, 2016.