This is really interesting! Thanks for sharing the article!
I was not breastfed. I was born 10 weeks early (mid '60s) and weighed 4 lb at birth. I doubt my mom went overboard on carbs or sugar. She was always VERY careful about what she ate. Her mom was very obese, and I think she didn't want to follow in her footsteps.
It may be that some of my allergies and digestive issues are related to being so premature.
My daughter was full-term. I could keep almost nothing down the first trimester (I think I survived on middle-of-the-night cups of soy milk, which would stay down for some reason). Am sure she wasn't exposed to much of anything except the rumbling of any empty tummy. ; ) I breastfed her exclusively for the first 5 months, and continued until she was about a year. However, I had not been diagnosed as celiac at that time, and was eating gluten daily. Maybe in this case formula might have helped with the gluten issues??
I have not had the biopsy to confirm celiac, although my doctor is certain that is my problem. My daughter hasn't been tested at all, but has the same symptoms as I do if she is exposed to gluten (fever, exhaustion, nausea).
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I was breastfed until six months. However, I was also 11 lbs 1 oz when I was born, so it is entirely possible that there was some sort of fetal programming going on. No, my mom was never diagnosed with gestational diabetes, either....I guess it's possible that she did have it, since the only time they checked was after I was born at such a large size. I'm the only one that was so large, and several of my other sisters have the same gut issues. (everyone else in my family were born in the 7-9 lb range) To my knowledge, all of us were breastfed until 6 months as well.
Interesting research. I was breastfed as were my three sisters but so far myself and one of my sisters are the only two to have stomach issues. So far no problem with diabetes (however, my mom is diabetic now). Also, we are all young, I was born in the 80s and my sisters are all younger than me so it may be too soon to tell yet.
Interesting, I know my mother has always been a major carb eater ... and I am definitely insulin resistant, though my two younger sisters seem to have gotten off scot-free, maybe mom improved her healthy habits with subsequent pregnancies, maybe I'll ask.
I was definitely breastfed, my mother is a nurse and specialized in breastfeeding for years.
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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:
Quote: "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
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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