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Pre-gestational Diabetes in Mothers enhances the Risk of Hypocalcaemia in Newborns

The American Academy of Pediatrics, at its annual meeting in Atlanta has offered an insight into the calcium levels of infants born to diabetic mothers//.

Hypocalcaemia or low calcium in new borns is an outcome of high blood sugar levels in pregnant women, and can lead to certain difficulties, which may include deficient bone formation.

To understand the connection, Dr. Samrat U. Das of the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York analyzed the children of mothers, who were either diabetic before pregnancy or during the course of pregnancy. Dr. Das and Dr. Pratibha Ankola studied the serum calcium levels just 24 hours after birth in 43 infants of mothers who had gestational diabetes and 6 infants born to mothers who were already diabetics before pregnancy.

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