January 14, 2012

Diabetes In Poverty And Pregnancy Associated With ADHD
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Diabetes In Poverty And Pregnancy Associated With ADHD

A new study has suggested that babies born to poor mothers with pregnancy-related diabetes have an extra-high risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Gestational diabetes typically develops during the second or third trimester of pregnancy, particularly in women who are overweight before getting pregnancy, do not exercise, or eat an unhealthy diet.

“There seems to be more research going in the direction that… the brains of children with ADHD are different,” said Ginette Dionne, who has studied gestational diabetes and language development at Laval University in Quebec but wasn’t involved in the new study.

Gestational diabetes may not be a specific cause (of ADHD), but may be one of the factors that affects brain development,” she added.

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