Help at hand for pregnant women with diabetes

New device could make life easier pregnant mothers with diabetes.

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Research funded by Diabetes UK has demonstrated that a wearable ‘artificial pancreas’ could radically reduce the risks pregnancy poses to women with Type 1 Diabetes.

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The devise to be worn by pregnant women will constantly monitor glucose in the blood and automatically administer insulin when necessary to keep the blood sugar at a safe level.

Insulin-dependent Type 1 Diabetes is a serious disease and diagnosed women have in the past had to consider motherhood seriously as the condition can increase the risk of:

Congenital malformation (a physical birth defect)

Stillbirth,

Death within 4 weeks of birth

Premature birth

Macrosomia (oversized babies)

Previous studies showed the system could help children with type 1 diabetes, but until now it had not been successfully tested on pregnant women. Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, said: “Although early days, this exciting area of research, funded by our donors, has huge potential to make pregnancy much safer for women with type 1 diabetes, and their babies.
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The full report is to be published sometime in February 2011. For more information on pregnancy diabetes click here…

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