Laura Forbes, University of Guelph

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Assistant Professor Guelph, Ontario forbesl@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 52544

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Dr. Forbes' research program combines clinical and community nutrition research methods to focus on dietary intake during key developmental periods (adolescence, pregnancy) with the goal of preventing chronic disease, specifically, diabetes and obesity.

During her Ph.D. program, she inv...


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Bio/Research

Dr. Forbes' research program combines clinical and community nutrition research methods to focus on dietary intake during key developmental periods (adolescence, pregnancy) with the goal of preventing chronic disease, specifically, diabetes and obesity.

During her Ph.D. program, she investigated dietary and physical activity risk factors for type 2 diabetes in healthy and obese Alberta youth and in those with type 2 diabetes. In one study, she was the first to show a link between high glycemic index diets of adolescents and lower insulin sensitivity.

She is continuing to examine links between carbohydrate intake and health effects in her current work on the Sweet Moms Study. This project examines the effects of dietary sugar intake during pregnancy on the health of mothers and infants; particularly weight gain, birth weight, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.


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