6/30/2017 2:33:22 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Drinking diet soda while pregnant nearly doubles the risk of a child becoming obese, a new study has found.
Experts claim expectant mothers should opt for water instead of artificially-sweetened drinks because the beverage could infect the foetus, sewing the seeds for weight issues in later life.
A new study found that women with gestational diabetes who drank a fake sugary drink once a day nearly doubled the risk of their child becoming obese by the age of seven.
The findings are substantial: a third of children are obese, which may lead to heart conditions when they become adults.
The study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health and said pregnant women tended to drink more because of the volume of amniotic fluid increase. They found that these sugar-free beverages were no better for the child later on than sugary drinks.
The study looked at women who had gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy, with data collected from 1996 to 2002 by the Danish National Birth Cohort. They compared women who drank artificially sweetened drinks, sugar drinks and water. Women who only had water decreased the risk of their child becoming obese by 17 per cent.
In addition to diet drinks increasing the risk of obesity, these children were 60 per cent more likely to have a high birth weight, compared to children from women who drank only water. The researchers acknowledged that there needed to be more research done to confirm their findings and to explore why this connection exists.