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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Diabetes Doubling Before Motherhood
Date:4/27/2008

o. For Latina women, the risk is even higher for developing type 2 diabetes, so it's really important to defy family history and work on achieving a healthy weight."

Sacks said Kaiser Permanente's electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect(TM), makes it easier for physicians to monitor and treat their patients' diabetes.

"KP HealthConnect(TM) gives me an immediate record of my patient's pre-pregnancy performance, and how compliant she has been with her diabetes protocol and follow-up," Sacks said.

Funded by a grant from the American Diabetes Association, the study was able to examine both pre-gestational diabetes and gestational diabetes in a large multi-cultural group of teenagers and adult women by using the computerized clinical and laboratory databases of Kaiser Permanente, the nation's largest integrated health plan.

About Kaiser Permanente's Department of Research & Evaluation

The Department of Research & Evaluation, located in Pasadena California, conducts high quality, innovative research that benefits the health of its members as well as in the general population. Fourteen full-time doctorally trained researchers conduct research in the areas of childhood and adult diabetes, cancer, chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, aging and cognition, pregnancy outcomes, and women's health and are trained in epidemiology, health services research, behavioral and social sciences, and clinical medicine. Kaiser Permanente also has an active clinical trials program.

About Kaiser Permanente Research

Kaiser Permanente's eight research centers comprise one of the largest research programs in the United States and engage in work designed to improve the health of individuals everywhere. KP HealthConnect(TM), Kaiser Permanente's electronic health record, and other resources provide population data for research, and in turn, research findings are fed into KP HealthConnect(TM) to arm physicians with up-to-t
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