Overseas health insurance patients might be interested to learn that a mother's diet during pregnancy has an impact on her unborn child's health.
According a recent study published in the Journal of Physiology, following a high-fat diet during pregnancy can increase the child's chances of developing diabetes later in life.
The researchers looked at a group of rats following a 45 per cent fat diet and found that their offspring had blood sugar levels that were twice as high as those of the control group.
Yuan-Xiang Pan, a professor of nutrition, commented: "We found that exposure to a high-fat diet before birth modifies gene expression in the livers of offspring so they are more likely to overproduce glucose, which can cause early insulin resistance and diabetes."
He suggested that it is now necessary to look at whether or not the diet after birth can reduce the negative impact of the mother's high fat diet.