Post-pregnancy weight gain ups diabetes risk

Women who gain weight within the first year of having a child are placing themselves at a significantly increased risk of diabetes, researchers say. 

The study of over 300 women found that women who gained weight between three and 12 months postpartum had higher blood pressure, greater insulin resistance, lower adiponectin and higher LDL cholesterol and apoB than their peers who lost weight.

The time window for weight loss following birth was critical, the study authors said in their paper published in

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