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Soy Protein Helps Expectant Mothers Control Blood Sugar Levels

November 11, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A small Iranian clinical study finds that expectant mothers with gestational diabetes –high blood sugar levels – might benefit from soy protein in their diet. Soy has been shown to help people with type 2 diabetes, so it’s not a big stretch to expect it would also help pregnant women. High blood sugar during pregnancy can lead to hypertension, heavier babies, and a greater risk of needing a C-section. For the study, participants were divided into two groups, one of which stuck to a diet in which 35 percent of their protein was soy-based. After six weeks, blood sugar and insulin levels had dropped in the soy group, but rose for women in the control group, who had eaten protein from normal plant and animal sources.
Kathryn Doyle, "Soy might benefit women with pregnancy diabetes", Reuters, November 11, 2015, © Thomson Reuters
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