Gestational Diabetes Complications

Treating pregnant women with even mild cases of diabetes may reduce complications and benefit both mom and baby.

It's called gestational diabetes, and it affects up to fourteen percent of all moms-to-be.It happens when mom develops high blood sugar levels after she becomes pregnant.

A new national institutes of health study found women treated for mild gestational diabetes had leaner babies.Mothers were also less likely to have labor complications and experience blood pressure problems.

Researchers also believe the babies may benefit later in life.Those born to untreated moms are more likely to be overweight as they get older, and they're at a higher risk of a pre-diabetic condition called impaired glucose tolerance as adults.

The study appears in the latest "New England Journal of Medicine."

Doctors have been testing pregnant women for high blood sugar levels, although it hadn't been clear whether treating the mildest cases are beneficial.

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