Vitamin B12 deficiency in the mother can cause diabetes in the child

If women suffer from a vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy, this can lead to metabolic disorders in the child and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in the child – according to a study by the University of Warwick in November 2016. In view of the rising number of diabetics, pregnant women should in any case pay attention to their vitamin B12 supply – regardless of whether they eat vegan, vegetarian or normal food. Because women who eat meat and dairy products can also develop a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Autor: Dr. med. W. Tönnes 

 

Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy: Diabetes in the child

Vitamin B12 deficiency during pregnancy can affect the child’s metabolism in such a way that he or she has an increased risk of type 2 diabetes later in life – according to a new study (November 2016) presented at the annual Society for Endocrinology conference in Brighton (1).

Vitamin B12 is a vitamin naturally found in animal foods, such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products, which often leads to the assumption that vegans and vegetarians must be more likely to be affected by a vitamin B12 deficiency than normal eaters, but this is not necessarily the case. Even normal eaters have several risk factors that can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency, such as gastrointestinal problems or some medications. Eating animal foods does not automatically guarantee an optimal B12 supply.

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