Moms who do not get enough vitamin B during conception expose their children to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, reports Medical New Today.
A study on sheep shows that reducing the amount of B12 and B9 before pregnancy has harmful effects on the offspring. At only 2 years of age, lambs had insulin resistance and were 25% fatter than normal with a higher blood pressure.
The researchers say there is a high possibility that these sheep will develop type 2 diabetes and become obese and also have an increased risk of heart disease. They add, however, that much more studies are needed to confirm that the human body also works.
Vitamin B12 is essential in the synthesis of red cells and in maintaining a healthy nervous system. It can be found in red meat, eggs and dairy products.
December 6, 2007