Arpita Basu, associate professor in the UNLV Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, will be the featured speaker at an upcoming Science Café Las Vegas. Her talk is titled, "Gestational Diabetes: Increasing Prevalence but Decreasing Solutions."
Pregnancy is a critical phase of the human lifecycle that greatly impacts cellular growth and differentiation in the unborn child. The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) characterized by the onset or recognition of impaired glucose metabolism in pregnancy is increasing in parallel with higher rates of obesity and older age at pregnancy. GDM is associated with several impaired metabolic function in both the mother and the developing fetus. While the effects of GDM could be devastating and permanent, few treatment strategies have been identified. Such effective interventions are urgently needed in the state of Nevada inhabited by diverse minority populations who are at a greater risk of developing this condition. Previous studies have shown dietary counseling in GDM to be inconclusive, and given the adverse consequences of GDM, and concomitant safety concerns of medications, there is an urgent need to identify safe, cost-effective and healthy interventions for these mothers and babies.
Come join others for a lively science discussion, delicious food, and fun. Come at 6:30 p.m. to order your food and mingle. Those under 21 are welcome.