According to the reports on the finding of new research that appeared in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests that the combination of poverty and having diabetes during pregnancy significantly raises the risk of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a woman’s offspring.
According to the study, children of such moms are 14 times more likely to experience have ADHD by the age of 6. ADHD is a behavioral disorder characterized by difficulty focusing, impulsive behaviors and hyperactivity.
The study actually included 212 children from which 115 were from the lower-income group moms and moms with gestational diabetes mostly encountered by pregnant women or both. And the remaining ninety-seven children had neither of it. An evaluation was carried by the researchers on these children for the signs and symptoms of ADHD when they were aged 3 or 4, and again at age 6.
It was later found during the research that moms who had either gestational diabetes or were poor were twice as likely to have children with ADHD, but the combination of these two risk factors was even more powerful. It is still not clear how exactly poverty and gestational diabetes affect risk for ADHD is not fully understood, but the finding suggests there may be an opportunity to intervene early in pregnancy to prevent ADHD.
Explaining this cause of disease in children the research’s senior author Dr. Jeffrey M. Halperin, a distinguished professor of psychology at Queens College and a professorial lecturer in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City said that women of lower socioeconomic status tend to eat less healthy foods, which can boost their risk for diabetes further and in turn affect their children during pregnancy.
Further he advised such moms that one should have good obstetrical care, should monitor regularly their blood glucose levels, eating a low saturated fat and sugar diet and thus it might ultimately reduce the chance of ADHD in their child as well as for other cognitive and behavioral problems. Also, it recommended women that if they had gestational diabetes during one pregnancy, there are high chances that she might likely have it in later pregnancies, so perhaps one can take preemptive steps to reduce this risk.
“Keeping your health in check during pregnancy may be important for your child’s physical and mental health. And the evidence is mounting, and this raises the incentive to get good prenatal care” is been advised by Dr. Joel Nigg, a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, wrote an editorial accompanying the new finding.