Women with gestational diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they keep active following pregnancy according to new findings from the Nurses’ Health Study 2. Researchers followed more than 4500 women who had a history of GDM for 16 years, collecting details on their activity levels over this time.
They found that for every 100 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise (or 50 minutes of high intensity activity), the risk of developing diabetes was reduced by 9%. Not surprisingly, more time spent in sedentary activities such as television watching, increased the risk. Women who exercised the most and watched 10 or less hours of television per week had a 62% lower risk of developing diabetes compared to those watching more than 10 hours of television and rarely exercising.