B12 Deficiency During Pregnancy May Cause Type 2 Diabetes In Kids

Posted: Nov 9 2016, 10:42am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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B12 Deficiency During Pregnancy may Cause Type 2 Diabetes in Kids
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  • Pregnant Mothers’ Lack of Vitamin B12 may cause Type 2 Diabetes in their Newborns

It has been found that pregnant mothers’ lack of vitamin B12 may cause type 2 diabetes in their newborns.

B12 deficiency in mothers-to-be may make their fetuses that are still in the womb more prone to contracting type 2 diabetes later on. The research pointed in the direction of a good diet and supplementation as the way out of this dilemma.

Vitamin B12 is normally found in animal tissues. Such food sources as fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk contain plentiful amounts of B12.

Thus those who are on a vegan diet are more likely to fall victim to a B12 deficiency. Mothers with this vitamin deficiency were more likely to have a higher body mass index and give birth to infants with low body weight and hypercholesterolemia.

The children also were prone to insulin resistance thereby increasing their chances of contracting type 2 diabetes. The problem is that the changes that occur in conjunction with a lack of B12 in the diet may be due to leptin levels that have gone seriously out of whack. This hormone tells us when we are satiated with food.

Leptin is produced by the body’s lipids. Its levels rise when we eat food. Eating diets with lean foods as a part of their makeup causes leptin levels to remain constant.

Meanwhile, being overweight causes leptin levels to rise and remain stable at a higher setpoint. This eventually leads to overeating, leptin resistance, insulin resistance and ultimately type 2 diabetes.

Leptin is thus a criterion for body fat levels. The whole issue surrounding a B12 deficiency is the ups and downs in leptin levels. Therefore, the expecting mother’s diet is a big contributor to disease prevention. This is a fact that the science of nutrition will have to study in depth in the future.

Fat metabolism and the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes were associated with this vitamin deficiency in pregnant women. The increase in leptin levels may have two major reasons behind it. Low B12 levels may cause a fat surplus in the fetus.

Also low B12 may lead to chemical changes in the placenta. Both ways, leptin levels go haywire. B12 is basically related to methylation reactions that take place in the mothers’ bodies. This either turns a gene related to type 2 diabetes off or on.

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