Pregnancy

Coffee intake was associated with a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes

Coffee reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes Coffee helps reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Researchers from Harvard University studied the link between changes in coffee consumption and the risk of diabetes, collecting data from three American studies, reports The Daily Mail. The results of the study are published in the journal Diabetologia. It …

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Review finds weak evidence favouring moderate blood sugar targets in diabetic women during pregnancy

Review finds weak evidence favouring moderate blood sugar targets in diabetic women during pregnancy

Women with diabetes are known to have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including birth defects and pre-eclampsia, compared with non-diabetic women. NICE recommends that pregnant diabetic women aim for a fasting blood glucose between 3.5 and 5.9 mmol/litre and 1-hour postprandial blood glucose below 7.8 mmol/litre. However, this guidance was issued in 2008 and is …

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Pre-pregnancy care for diabetic women

Pre-pregnancy care for diabetic women substantially reduces the risk of foetal malformations or death

Maternal diabetes can be a cause of congenital malformations and death in infants.  Diabetic mothers planning pregnancy need to be able to minimise these risks through good information, advice and care.  What forms of care are most effective? This systematic review set out to examine the evidence on giving specific pre-pregnancy care (PPC) in preventing …

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The National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit aims to improve pregnancy outcomes for women with diabetes

The National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit aims to improve pregnancy outcomes for women with diabetes

We already know that women with diabetes have a substantially increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes.  We also know that improved glycaemic control can reduce these risks.  But are these messages being adequately addressed in current clinical practice? The NHS in England has recently started the National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit, with the aim of …

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vitamin D intake in early life may be associated with a reduced risk of type 1 diabetes

Systematic review finds that vitamin D intake in early life may be associated with a reduced risk of type 1 diabetes

Vitamin D is suspected of having a role in the development of type 1 diabetes.  Previous studies have been small-scale and inconclusive. Now we have a systematic review of the observational evidence about the relationship between consumption of Vitamin D in early life (or during pregnancy) and the risk of developing type 1 diabetes later …

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