Recent advances in the medical field have given us a better understanding of what makes our bodies tick. Nothing has been an area of more controversy than what pregnant women should be putting (not putting) in their bodies. UK researchers have found that expecting mothers who do not eat enough B12 in the form of meat and fish tend to have babies who have higher leptin levels. Leptin has been found to be linked to diabetes because it causes the body to feel hungry instead of full. This leads to obesity and diabetes due to overeating.
- Ensuring pregnant women get enough vitamin B12 could help reduce their children’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Researchers based in the U.K. have found that the vitamin — principally found in meat and fish — can affect levels of a hormone called leptin, which triggers the “full” feeling after eating, and which can be linked to metabolic conditions such as diabetes.
- Previous research found that mothers with low vitamin B12 levels had a higher BMI.
“In cases of obesity, leptin levels rise and remain constantly higher than normal, which makes certain individuals feel hungry and overeat.”