Gestational diabetes treatment with tablet

Thu, 08 May 2008
A new study conducted by researchers in Australia and New Zealand indicates that the diabetes pill metformin could be as effective as using insulin injections to control diabetes developed during pregnancy .

Gestational diabetes is surprisingly common, affecting approximately one out of every 20 women . Metformin has previously been discounted because of fears of it affecting the foetus.

The study was lead by experts at the Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand, and measured key indicators to assess how metformin affects pregnant women when compared to insulin.

Generic metformin is widely available and prescribed to many type 2 diabetics . However, the research needs further follow-up studies to see how children are affected in the medium-term before clinicians become confident prescribing it, the scientists said.
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