The Importance Of “ Good ”Control Of Diabetes During Pregnancy

by Medindia Content Team on  April 7, 2004 at 10:20 AM General Health News
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The Importance Of “ Good ”Control Of Diabetes During Pregnancy
Investigators surveyed about 320 women with type 1 diabetes and noted significant problems, despite the fact most of the women had what doctors considered a "good handle" on their diabetes. Compared to women in the general population, these women were three- to 12-times more likely to suffer complications of pregnancy such as high maternal blood pressure, higher birth weight babies, babies with dangerously low blood sugar, and babies with more birth defects.

Researchers say this occurred even though 84 percent of the pregnancies were planned and women had good medical care from the outset, including good blood sugar control and adequate intake of folic acid.Despite a high frequency of planned pregnancies, resulting in overall good glycemic control maternal and perinatal complications were still greatly increased Thus researchers say even near optimal maternal glycemic control is apparently not good enough.

Researchers say neonatologists caring for infants born to women with type 1 diabetes should be alert for signs of low blood sugar in the babies.

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