Exercise and app plan improves health of women with history of gestational diabetes
Professor Kamlesh Khunti CBE, Director of NIHR ARC East Midlands and the Real World Evidence Unit and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, lead author of the study, said: “Women with a recent history of gestational diabetes are up to 10 times more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes so it is vital that we help this population prevent a diagnosis by promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
“Babysteps is an excellent programme that empowers women with a history of gestational diabetes to take control of their health and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
“By focusing on small changes in exercise, Babysteps helps women to build healthy habits that can last a lifetime.”
The researchers are now calling for further research to improve participant engagement with physical activity interventions in multi-ethnic populations with a history of gestational diabetes.
Professor Khunti said: “It is crucial to ensure that physical activity interventions are engaging and effective for women from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
“Further research in this area is necessary to develop tailored interventions that consider cultural and linguistic factors, as well as personal preferences and barriers to physical activity.”
Developed by the multi-disciplinary team at the Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) and supported by NIHR ARC East Midlands and North West London, Babysteps is the first digital programme of its kind to offer support and advice to women at risk of developing type 2 diabetes as a result of gestational diabetes.
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Read the report in Diabetic Medicine
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