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To mark National Diabetes Week 2014, 13 to 19 July, one of Australia’s leading diabetes specialists has called for greater awareness about the importance of early screening for high-risk women in order to diagnose type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.
Principal research fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), Associate Professor Louise Maple-Brown pointed to the ongoing Pregnancy and neonatal diabetes outcomes in remote Australia (PANDORA) study as being critical to improving diabetes in pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies.
The PANDORA study aims to assess rates and outcomes of diabetes in pregnancy (DIP) for mothers and their babies in the Northern Territory (NT). Available data suggest higher rates of diabetes in pregnancy in Indigenous than non-Indigenous mothers, with rates of type 2 diabetes in pregnancy over 10 times higher.
Associate Professor Maple-Brown said it was important for the health of both mother and baby that a mother’s blood glucose is as good as possible during pregnancy.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research