Navigation Links
Twice as Many Women May Soon Be Diagnosed With Gestational Diabetes
Date:2/26/2010

Stricter guidelines take birth complications into account, researcher says

FRIDAY, Feb. 26 (HealthDay News) -- New measurements for determining dangerous blood sugar levels for pregnant women and their unborn babies mean that two to three times as many women will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a new study suggests.

Instead of 5 percent to 8 percent of pregnant women being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the new measurements mean that more than 16 percent would be diagnosed with the condition, said study author Dr. Boyd Metzger, a professor of metabolism and nutrition at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

The current gestational diabetes measurements are based on blood sugar levels that identified women at high risk for developing diabetes in the future, but didn't take into account other risks to the mother or baby, including increased risk of overweight babies with high insulin levels, early deliveries, cesarean deliveries, and potentially life-threatening preeclampsia (high blood pressure that affects the pregnant women and her unborn child).

Metzger and an international group of researchers studied more than 23,000 women in nine countries and concluded that a fasting blood sugar level of 92 or higher, a one-hour level of 180 or higher on a glucose tolerance test, or a two-hour level of 153 or higher on a glucose tolerance test pose a serious threat to mother and baby.

Previously, those levels were considered in the safe and normal range.

"At these levels, the frequency of having an overweight baby is almost double, the frequency of having preeclampsia is almost double, and the frequency of early delivery is 40 percent greater. These are really substantial differences," Metzger said.

The study appears in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about gestational diabetes.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCES: Northwestern University, news release, Feb. 26, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Midlife crisis: Unmarried older women twice as likely to lack health insurance, study shows
2. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Massachusetts HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
3. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Florida HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
4. Protecting patients: Study shows that Johns Hopkins flu vaccination rates twice national average
5. How to live your life twice
6. Labopharm Initiates Regulatory Approval Process for Twice-Daily Tramadol-Acetaminophen in Europe
7. World Trade Center Workers Twice as Likely to Have Asthma
8. Risk of abnormally slow heart rate twice as high in those taking drugs to slow Alzheimers
9. Smokers Twice As Likely to Get TB
10. Consumer Reports to Parents: Think Twice About Free Prescription ADHD Drug Samples for Your Children
11. Students with depression twice as likely to drop out of college
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Eating ... a significant number of women and men with eating disorders report a history ... best predicts the development of an eating disorder. , At the 2016 ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... FileHold's document management software has ... a cloud hosted environment for FileHold software that is pay per user subscription-based ... applications using the FileHold web services API. DocuSyst also advises clients on fully ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... the Rocky Mountain region’s longest running and impressive garden and home show where you ... the most incredible gardens and home improvement experts that attend this amazing show. ... 700 14th St. Denver CO, is an exciting event that Performance Mobility has enjoyed ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... GrassrootsHealth published data ... of type 2 diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with substantially higher vitamin D ... change in public health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, “the safety ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Association of Home Care Coding & ... Health and Hospice ICD-10 Transition Workgroup are working closely with the American Hospital ... to address concerns over the use of 'A' as the seventh character indicating ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)...  As people age, it is natural to be ... and tests that are linked with certain age milestones ... majority of aging individuals, hearing health is too frequently ... million American adults who report some trouble hearing, there ... health a 2016 healthy aging priority.[1] Cochlear ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... VENICE, Fla. , Feb. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... Centers , is the first of its kind ... of undesired tattoos through advanced laser treatment. The ... Florida,s Suncoast by storm with ... video consultations, and advanced multi-wavelength Astanza Trinity technology. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... MELVILLE, N.Y. , Feb. 5, 2016  Henry ... of health care products and services to office-based dental, ... has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority ... dental supplies and equipment in Brazil ... Headquartered in Blumenau, Brazil, Dental Cremer is the dental ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: