So, I'm reading a thread on Dr. Eades' Protein Power blog about Oprah and her thyroid and he brings up something I've never heard of, "Fetal Programming." Below is excerpt:
"When pregnant women load up on refined carbohydrates during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, they end up damaging the developing pancreas of the fetus. The pancreas is pretty much developed during the first trimester, so a chronic high load of glucose in the motherís blood that crosses the placenta ends up programming the fetal pancreas in much the same way that a huge chronic glucose load over a long time in adults creates insulin resistance. This situation has been published about extensively in the medical literature. The phenomenon is called fetal programming. Babies born are basically programed to become insulin resistant and obese. These kids tend to develop obesity and insulin resistance more easily than others and have a tougher time dealing with it."end quote
If you want to read the whole article/thread: tinyurl.com/6837rs
I haven't talked to my mom, but I know she likes her carbs (potatoes and Pepsi come to mind when I was growing up) and she's currently prediabetic herself. She was the 10th of 11 kids, so yes, they were pinching some pennies, too. (I mention that because the article also mentions the correlation between diet and being poor/having less dietary options.)
What are your experiences/thoughts about this?
Are there Italians here who grew up with lotsa pasta and diabetes run in their family? Can I broadbrush this so easily? I doubt it, but had to throw that out there cause I'm wondering. (My SIL is Italian and most of their family have gut issues, her younger sister has Type I diabetes. And then Elisabeth Hasselbeck (Italian) comes to mind, as her grandmother had diabetes.)
ALSO, how many of us were breastfed? I wasn't - apparently, it wasn't en vogue at the time (early 60s for me).
Edited by: DOTSLADY at: 2/5/2009 (12:51)
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