October 21, 2011 |
Having diabetes during pregnancy raises the odds of having diabetes later in life, studies have repeatedly shown. But new research on ethnic variations finds the connection is especially true for African American women. A study of more than 77,000 women from researchers at Kaiser Permanente showed that black women -- although they are less likely to develop gestational diabetes than women in other racial and ethnic groups -- have a much higher risk of having the disease later in life if they experienced the condition during pregnancy.
August 1, 2011 |
In a move hailed by planned-parenting groups and opposed by some religious organizations, health insurance companies will be required to provide women free birth control, in keeping with new Obama administration guidelines. The rules, called "historic" by the Department of Health and Human Services, also say that insurance companies must provide women with other preventive services free of charge. Monday's new quidelines follow the recent advice from an independent panel of doctors and health experts at the Institute of Medicine, which recommended last month that all approved contraception methods -- including the "morning-after pill" -- be provided without requiring co-pays.
July 12, 2011 |
The birth in Texas of 16-pound, 1-ounce JaMichael Brown, possibly the largest newborn the Lone Star state has ever seen, raises a few questions. For one, how can babies get so big? According to reports, JaMichael’s size may stem in part from his 39-year-old mother’s gestational diabetes, the type diagnosed during pregnancy. Such mothers tend to have larger babies. Here’s why, from an explainer by the American Diabetes Assn. : “When you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin does not lower your blood glucose levels.
December 16, 2010 |
Diabetes is a major problem. If you don't think so, consider the latest statistic from the federal government. One in 16 U.S. women who give birth -- more than 250,000 each year -- has diabetes. Diabetes used to be thought of as a disease of older age. Not anymore. The obesity epidemic has led to more cases of diabetes among children, adolescents and young adults. The new analysis, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, analyzed data from 2008. Diabetes was defined as either pre-existing disease or gestational diabetes.
February 23, 2010 |
Women have long been told that gaining weight before becoming pregnant or being overweight at the start of pregnancy puts them at higher risk for gestational diabetes. But a new study finds that the first trimester is the most crucial time for weight gain that can increase the danger of developing the condition. The study, released Monday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, looked at data from an ethnically diverse group of women who had babies between 1996 and 1998; 345 women had gestational diabetes, and 800 who had not developed the disease served as a control group.
October 1, 2009 |
To improve the health of both mother and baby, even women with mild gestational diabetes should receive treatment, researchers now say -- helping resolve a long-standing dilemma in obstetrics. Rates of gestational diabetes have been increasing as more U.S. women enter pregnancy overweight. Moderate to severe cases of the condition have long been treated, but doctors have been uncertain whether women with mild increases in blood-sugar levels warrant additional care. "Health care providers do not wish to over-treat women or unnecessarily alarm them, nor do they wish to impose extra costs, including self-glucose monitoring," said Dr. Mark Landon, the lead investigator and interim chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University Medical Center.