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Supplements with myo-inositol and probiotics to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
Prevention of Gestational Diabetes

Prevention of gestational diabetes via myo-inositol and probiotics

Myo-inositol during pregnancy

Myo-inositol is an essential vitamin-like nutrient that has a role in the body’s sensitivity to insulin. It is produced from glucose in the body and rich in many foods such as fresh fruit, green vegetables, cereals and nuts. Myo-inositol is also available as nutritional supplement.

Studies have demonstrated that myo-inositol can help lower the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women at risk by over 50%.

Probiotics are good bacteria with numerous health benefits

Probiotics during pregnancy

Probiotics are live microorganisms that inhabit our intestines. Probiotics are sometimes called “friendly bacteria” to distinguish them from bacteria that cause illness or infection. This is because they can control the “bad bacteria” in your gut and have shown plenty of health benefits. A healthy microbiome relies on a balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria.

Some foods naturally contain probiotics:

  • Yoghurt and yoghurt drinks
  • Fermented milk products (e.g., Kefir, Buttermilk)
  • Sauerkraut, Pickles
  • Kimchi (spicy, fermented Korean dish)
  • Miso, Tempeh and soya drinks

You can also buy probiotics as a supplement in pharmacies and drugstores. Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium lactis active cultures have been found to lower blood glucose and help reduce GDM incidence.

Benefits of probiotics during pregnancy

Lower risk of gestational diabetes 

There are many strains of probiotics, each affecting the body in a different way. A combination of myo-inositol and probiotics (L. rhamnosus and B. lactis) were clinically shown to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) by over 60%.

Reduced risk of preterm birth

A recent scientific study assessed the effects of a combination of myo-inositol, probiotics and micronutrients, consumed both before and during pregnancy. The nutritional supplements decreased the incidence of preterm birth – another globally increasing public health problem.

Reduced incidence of eczema

An analysis of reviews that included more than 4000 pregnant women concluded that taking probiotic supplements during pregnancy may also reduce the risk of eczema (atopic dermatitis). Learn more…

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