Gestational diabetes puts babies in danger

Wed, 11 Jul 2007
According to scientists at Northwestern University who conducted a detailed study into women with gestational diabetes, this form of the disease can put babies in danger of developing diabetes later in life. Healthcare advisers and diabetic patients have long wondered about the levels at which GD affects babies, and this most recent research promises answers.

Women with GD were more likely to give birth to overweight babies who have low blood sugar and possible breathing problems, as well as higher than usual levels of insulin.

The researchers, who presented their study at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association in Chicago, indicated that risks to the baby could begin even earlier. To glean their results, the researchers studied over 23,000 women. Their conclusions were that the level at which gestational diabetes is diagnosed should be lowered.
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