Saturday, May 16, 2009

Probiotics may help ward off postpartum obesity 

Probiotics may help ward off postpartum obesity:

"Pregnant women who take probiotic supplements starting in the first trimester are less likely to develop central obesity after they've given birth, according to a new study.

Central obesity was defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher or a waist circumference greater than 80 centimeters, about 31-1/2 inches.

At 1 year after giving birth, 25 percent of women given probiotics along with dietary counseling had central obesity based on that definition, compared with 43 percent of women given diet advice alone.

The findings were reported Thursday at the European Congress on Obesity being held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands."

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