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Can Good Blood Sugar Control During Labour Benefit Offspring of Diabetic Mothers?


Hypoglycaemia, or low blood sugar, is a common and potentially serious outcome in newborns whose mothers were diabetic during pregnancy. Clinicians have wondered whether good blood sugar control during labour might reduce the risk that newborns will have hypoglycaemia.

A new Diabetic Medicine review of published studies reveals that there is a paucity of high-quality data concerning this potential association.

“"This review underscores the importance of high quality investigations that examine the role of tight sugar control during labour and delivery for women with diabetes,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Yamamoto, of the University of Calgary, in Canada.


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Diabetic Medicine, the official journal of Diabetes UK, is published monthly simultaneously, in print and online editions.

The journal publishes a range of key information on all clinical aspects of diabetes mellitus, ranging from human genetic studies through clinical physiology and trials to diabetes epidemiology. We do not publish animal or cell culture studies unless there is a clear link to clinical diabetes. Categories of publication include research articles, reviews, case reports, editorials, commentaries, and correspondence. All material is peer-reviewed.

We aim to disseminate knowledge about diabetes research with the goal of improving the management of people with diabetes. The journal therefore seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between clinicians and researchers worldwide.

Topics covered are of importance to all healthcare professionals working with people with diabetes, whether in primary care or specialist services.

Surplus generated from the sale of Diabetic Medicine is used by Diabetes UK to know diabetes better and fight diabetes more effectively on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes as well as their families and carers.”

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