Failing to diagnose diabetes during pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth

Failing to diagnose diabetes during pregnancy could increase the risk of stillbirth (yahoo.com)

[Yahoo, 3/20/19]  New UK research has found that women develop diabetes in pregnancy but are not diagnosed are more likely to experience stillbirth than women without the condition.

Led by the University of Leeds and the University of Manchester and funded by the charities Action Medical Research, Cure Kids, Sands and Tommy’s, the new study looked at the symptoms and care of 291 women who experienced a stillbirth and 733 similar women who did not experience a stillbirth across 41 maternity units in England.

The findings, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, showed that all of the women with high blood sugar, which was measured after a period of fasting, had a four-fold greater risk of stillbirth than women without high blood sugar.

In addition, women who were at risk of gestational diabetes, but not screened for the condition, also had a 44 percent greater risk of late stillbirth than the women who were not at risk.

However, when the women with high blood sugar or who were at risk of the condition underwent the appropriate screening and diagnosis, the increased risk of stillbirth disappeared.

The researchers say that the increased risk of stillbirth was likely caused by the missed diagnosis and also a lack of subsequent care. However, the findings only show an association and cannot prove cause and effect…..


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