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Wii Fit can help pregnant women in the control of gestational diabetes

Purpose of this research is to see if women exercised more and thereby reduce their levels of blood glucose

 
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Researchers at St. Michael Hospital in Canada, will test whether women newly diagnosed with gestational diabetes may benefit from Nintendo Wii video game, a platform of activity and two Wii Fit games to promote activities, Wii Sport and Wii Fit Plus. The aim is to see if women exercised more and thereby reduce their blood glucose levels, reducing the need for insulin.

"We all know how difficult it is to keep a proper exercise regime in the best of times. It is obviously much more difficult during pregnancy. We think that combining a fun activity at home, with the clinical goal, we will be able to get health benefits important for our patients with gestational diabetes, "said Dr Howard Berger.

Women usually perform a blood test for gestational diabetes when they are between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant. The treatment is diet and exercise, as 20 to 30 minutes of walking per day. If that does not control their blood glucose levels, they have to take insulin, which occurs in 15 to 66% of women with gestational diabetes.

Women with gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing diabetes and obesity later in life. They are also at increased risk of developing complications during pregnancy and childbirth, including heavier babies, pre-eclampsia, premature births, higher rates of caesarean section and postpartum hemorrhage.

Newborns of diabetic mothers may also suffer from metabolic complications, including hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia, a condition also known as pre-diabetes.

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