TASTE IN WOMEN WITH GESTATIONAL DIABETES MELLITUS

Project Details

Description

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is the most common complication of
pregnancy and has serious health consequences for both mother and child.
Diet is an integral part of the management of GDM, but proper dietary
treatment remains controversial and often fails. Understanding diet-taste
relationships in women with GDM could improve the nutritional management of
the disease. There is substantial evidence for taste changes in other
forms of diabetes as well as for transient taste changes that occur during
pregnancy. To date, taste changes in women with GDM remains an unexplored
area.

The objectives of this study are 1) to examine suprathreshold taste
responsiveness, taste preferences and dietary variables in women recently
diagnosed with GDM as compared to pregnant women without GDM and 2) to re-
test these same women during the post-partum period presumably when
symptoms of the disease have subsided. This will allow the documentation
of taste changes associated with GDM that are distinct from those of normal
pregnancy and to determine whether these changes persist after delivery.
The pilot data collected in this project will provide the basis for
subsequent proposal aimed at developing preventative and therapeutic
dietary intervention strategies for GDM.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/1/9512/31/96

Funding

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

ASJC

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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