A maternal low GI diet for improving offspring metabolic outcomes
The University of Adelaide
Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation
Dr Beverly MUHLHAUSLER
Low glycemic index (GI) diets promote weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity in adults, but it is not known if consuming these diets during pregnancy and breastfeeding can protect infants and children from obesity and diabetes. This proposal aims to determine whether consuming a low GI diet compared to a moderate - high (typical Australian)diet during pregnancy and lactation can reduce fat mass and increase insulin sensitivity in the offspring. This has the potential to identify a simple dietary strategy for reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes in future generations of Australians.