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A first of its kind study published in the Journal Diabetes Care shows the impact of birth weight on African-American populations.

African-American women with low birth weights face heightened risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to a study by the Boston University Medical Center. The researchers said that low birth weight was defined as less than 2.5 kg and very low birth weight as less than 1.5 kg. The finding partially explains the higher incidence of type-2 diabetes in African-American populations that also experiences increased occurrence of low birth weight.

For the study, the researchers tracked over 21,000 women from the Black Women’s Health Study during a period of 16 years. During the study period, they analyzed characteristics like birth weight, current age, family history of diabetes, body mass index, physical activity and socioeconomic status.

The researchers found that women with low birth weight had a 13 percent high risk of developing type-2 diabetes than those with normal birth weight. And those with very low birth weight had a 40 percent high risk of developing the disease.

The researchers said that there are likely two hypotheses for the phenomenon. The “thrifty phenotype hypothesis” states that once the newborn baby’s body perceives a lack of nutrition, it readjusts itself to absorb more nutrition. As a result, it leads to an imbalance in metabolism that eventually causes type-2 diabetes.

The second, known as the “fetal insulin hypothesis”, states that genes responsible for impaired insulin secretion also have a negative effect on birth weight. Some of the genes have been identified in recent studies, supporting the hypothesis. Read more…

Ilen Bell is a certified fitness professional and co-founder of Black Fitness Today. His passion for community advocacy, producing relevant stories and providing tools and resources that cater to the underserved African American community remain at the forefront. His credentials include advanced education in exercise science and internet marketing, the fitness industry highly-respected certified strength and conditioning specialist certification, and multiple web fitness series on top websites LIVESTRONG.com and eHOW.com. He is focused on further building explosive, dynamic and approachable brands to help the African American man and woman feel empowered, valued and identified in the global health and fitness industry.

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On the AMAs red carpet: Ciara

The mom of two said she gained 60 lbs during both of her pregnancies and had to work very hard to get back in shape. “I said I wasn’t going to gain 60lbs carrying Sienna…and I did exactly that!” she stated in an Instagram post.

Every postpartum journey is different, but you can’t help but be motivated by Cici! “After delivering my son, a 9-lb. 10-oz. baby, and gaining 60 lbs., I was committed to [returning] to how I felt before I had him. Four months after having him, I was back to my original shape,” she said. “There’s something very empowering about that. Something about that gave me an extra pep in my step, and motivated me even more to go harder.”

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On the AMAs red carpet: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee on her body confidence with the Tracy Anderson Method workouts:
“…I have to say that Tracy Anderson’s workout the last five years has been really good for me. I love the studio atmosphere, I love how beautiful and sexy and long and strong I look when I work out, and I love the loud music.

I find that, as adults, we stay so regimented in our movement, even if we get on a treadmill. The music changes all the patterns, and my body gets to move freely, so you feel amazing—which is ultimately the point of the workouts, too. One of the things that’s most encouraging is you see a roomful of women working their asses off and looking beautiful. You see women in their 40s wearing jog bras and their stomachs out proudly, walking in a stance that says, “I love my body,” and that’s exciting to me.”
(via Health mag)

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On the AMAs red carpet: Kelly Rowland

Kelly on her morning routine: “The first thing I do is at least two or three minutes of meditation. I started doing that after I had my son. It has helped me tremendously. It just puts you in an easier mind space. There’s so much you have to deal with in one day, and I feel like meditation prepares you for anything that comes to you. You won’t flip your lid on the first thing that shakes you up a bit. It puts you at ease.

My favorite thing to eat in the morning is oatmeal. I add a little maple syrup, a little salt, and almond milk, and I’m set. Sometimes I’ll add cinnamon and some raisins and pumpkin seeds. I don’t need caffeine in the morning, but if I have to it’s usually through green tea.

I am a morning workout person. I don’t think I could really be as connected or focused in the afternoon if I didn’t do it… It’s definitely a HIIT workout, and I feel a lot better and more centered from doing it. Having my son really did a number on my body…”
(Via: Well + Good)

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