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Big Baby, Heavier Kid?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Those chubby baby cheeks that everyone loves to squeeze may signal an increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 10,000 children in the United States and found that those who were more than 10 pounds at birth were 69 percent more likely than average-weight babies to be obese by kindergarten. This risk continued at least until the second grade, when the study ended. By the second grade, about 23 percent of children with a high birth weight were obese, compared with about 14 percent of children with an average birth weight. The study could not prove that being a big baby caused obesity in children, however. The University of Virginia Children's Hospital study also included children born prematurely. Among premature infants born with a high weight for their gestational age, almost 28 percent were obese by second ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication, continues to increase in the United States, exacting a significant economic toll, a new study shows. The condition involves the sudden onset of high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine. It threatens both mothers and babies, and accounts for $2.2 billion in health care costs nationally in the first year after birth, the new analysis found. Analyzing U.S. data, the researchers also found that mothers with preeclampsia and their infants had roughly twice the risk of health complications compared to those without preeclampsia. The results were published July 11 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Existing treatment options for preeclampsia and research into the disease have been limited despite the scale of the disease burden and its high growth rate," said senior investigator Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Delivery, Toxemia of pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, HELLP Syndrome

Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Tied to Heavier Kids Later

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 – Could a pregnant woman's craving for sugar-sweetened drinks put her child at risk for being overweight later in life? Maybe, a new study suggests. Eight-year-olds who drank at least a half of a sugar-sweetened beverage each week were about 2 pounds heavier if their moms consumed more than two sugar-sweetened beverages a day during the second trimester of pregnancy, according to the researchers. The study authors said it appears that mom's consumption of sugary beverages made the difference in the child's weight, not the child's diet. "There have been numerous observational and meta-analysis [studies] that have linked sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity to non-pregnant adults and children. But our study is novel because it is the first to examine associations of maternal beverage intake during pregnancy with childhood obesity," said study author Sheryl ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Delivery, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Gestational Diabetes, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

As Temps Rise, Risk of Pregnancy Complications May Too

Posted 15 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 15, 2017 – Outdoor air temperature may influence a pregnant woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes, a new study suggests. Mothers-to-be in very cold climes are less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy than women exposed to hotter temperatures, researchers say. If borne out in other studies, these findings could have important implications for the prevention and management of gestational diabetes, said study lead author Dr. Gillian Booth. Changes in temperature may only lead to a small increase in the risk of gestational diabetes, but the number of women affected may be substantial, said Booth. She is a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Also, areas that are getting hotter because of climate change could see more cases of gestational diabetes, the study authors theorized. Others are less certain of this ... Read more

Related support groups: Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Diabetes that develops during pregnancy – known as gestational diabetes – carries health risks for both the mom-to-be and her baby, new research confirms. A team of French researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 births in France occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy in 2012. Compared to other pregnant women, those with gestational diabetes were 30 percent more likely to experience preterm birth, 40 percent more likely to require a C-section, and 70 percent more likely to have preeclampsia/eclampsia, a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Risks weren't confined to the mother, however. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes were 80 percent more likely to be of significantly larger-than-average size at birth; 10 percent more likely to suffer respiratory issues; 30 percent more likely to experience a traumatic birth, and 30 percent more likely to ... Read more

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Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly – and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times. "Diabetes distress" isn't the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It's a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin. "The day you develop diabetes, it's like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you're doing. It's a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There's no pay and no vacation," said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: "Diabetes distress is the extra burden ... Read more

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Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease affects more than just the heart. It also can take a toll on the legs, feet, kidneys and even the brain, according to vascular surgery experts. Heart disease is a general term, usually linked to arteriosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," the Society for Vascular Surgery explained. Arteriosclerosis is a progressive disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. As the arteries become blocked, it becomes harder for oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body, said Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the society. AbuRahma is also chief of vascular-endovascular surgery at West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops when heart disease affects the legs and feet. This condition affects about 8.5 million people in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Curbing Excess Weight Gain in Pregnancy May Not Lower Risk for Complications

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Excessive weight gain during pregnancy has long been tied to a higher risk for obstetric complications. However, a new study finds that strategies to help women limit their weight gain during pregnancy don't seem to alleviate these complications. The findings were presented this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, in Las Vegas. "While pregnant women should still be counseled against excess weight gain, additional measures may be required to reduce the associated complications," study lead author Dr. Alan Peaceman said in an SMFM news release. He's chief of maternal-fetal medicine in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. According to guidelines from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), normal-weight women who are bearing one child (not twins) should gain 25 ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Hypertension, Delivery, Premature Labor, Gestational Diabetes, Hypertensive Heart Disease, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm. "Our findings lead us to believe that overtreatment could be possible," study co-author and Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Juan Brito Campana said in a Mayo news release. Campana and his colleagues advise a more nuanced approach when deciding whether or not to treat a pregnant woman for a mildly underactive thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces hormones vital to metabolism, growth and maturation. But the gland can produce too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or two little (hypothyroidism), according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. A mildly underactive thyroid gland – "subclinical hypothyroidism" – causes a slight rise in levels of thyroid stimulating hormone ... Read more

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Gestational Diabetes a Risk Factor for Postpartum Depression: Study

Posted 23 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 23, 2017 – Gestational diabetes and a previous bout of depression can increase a first-time mother's risk of postpartum depression, a new study suggests. The analysis of data from more than 700,000 women in Sweden showed that gestational diabetes (developing diabetes during pregnancy) alone raised the risk for postpartum depression. However, that risk rose even more if a woman had previously been diagnosed with depression. "Most practitioners think of these as two isolated and very different conditions, but we now understand gestational diabetes and postpartum depression should be considered together," said study lead author Michael Silverman. He's an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "While having diabetes increases [postpartum depression] risk for all women, for those women who have had a past depressive ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Major Depressive Disorder, Insulin, Diabetes, Type 1, Postpartum Depression, Insulin Resistance, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Health Tip: Creating an Insulin Routine

Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you take insulin, you'll need to create a comfortable routine to keep blood glucose under control. The American Diabetes Association explains: Type 1 diabetes typically needs at least two daily injections of two different types of insulin. Type 2 diabetics may need just one daily shot of insulin. Monitor closely how your blood glucose responds to different activities, such as exercise and eating. Find the insulin delivery method that's best for you, whether it's a pen, pump or syringe. Don't forget to change the injection site periodically. Talk to your doctor if you're not sure that your insulin dose is appropriate. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes

Tracking Blood Sugar in Pregnancy Might Lower Heart Defect Risk for Baby

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 – Increases in a woman's blood sugar levels during early pregnancy may affect her baby's risk of congenital heart defects, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Dr. Emmi Helle of Stanford University in California measured blood sugar levels of more than 19,000 pregnant women during their first trimester. For every 10 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) increase in blood sugar, the risk of delivering a baby with a congenital heart defect rose about 8 percent, the study found. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. But, the research team said it's the first study to show a link between a mother's blood sugar levels early in pregnancy and a baby's risk of heart defects. The association between elevated blood sugar in early pregnancy and heart defect risk was greater than the predictive ability of what's known as the "oral glucose tolerance test," Helle's team ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Delivery, Pre-Diabetes, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – High levels of iron have been linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), begging the question whether routine recommendations of iron supplements are warranted, a new study says. The new research found that women with the highest iron levels during the second trimester of pregnancy had more than twice the risk of developing gestational diabetes, compared with women with the lowest iron levels. "Our study findings raise potential concerns about the recommendation of routine iron supplementation among pregnant women who already have sufficient iron," said study author Shristi Rawal. She's an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. But, the study only showed an association between iron levels and gestational diabetes; the research wasn't designed to prove a ... Read more

Related support groups: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Hemochromatosis, Gestational Diabetes, Iron Overload

Health Tip: Snacking Healthier With Diabetes

Posted 1 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Just because you have diabetes doesn't mean you can't enjoy a healthier snack once in a while. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Snack on whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These provide energy and help you feel fuller. Watch portion sizes. Use measuring cups and spoons. When you snack, don't forget to include the carb count in your daily total. Avoid snacking mindlessly while you're doing something else, such as driving or watching TV. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Weight Loss, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Gestational Diabetes

Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Some pregnancy complications may signal a higher risk of health problems later in life, according to a heart specialist. High blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes that develops during pregnancy usually gets better soon after delivery. But women who've had these conditions aren't off the hook, said Dr. Monika Sanghavi, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "These women are at higher risk for developing hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future, and should be followed long term," Sanghavi said in a hospital news release. Up to 6 percent of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy (called gestational diabetes). Meanwhile, about 7 percent of women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Cardiologists call pregnancy nature's stress test," said ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Hypertension, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Hypertensive Heart Disease

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