Pregnant women who are part of an Asian-white couple face an increased risk of gestational diabetes as compared with couples in which both partners are white, according to a new study from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine.
The researchers also found that Asian women whose partners are white are more likely than white women with Asian or white partners to have a caesarean delivery, as part of a broad analysis of perinatal outcomes among Asian, white and Asian–white couples.
The study is published in the October issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The findings, the authors say, could benefit clinicians working with an increasingly diverse patient population.
“There’s great heterogeneity in our country; there are people of many different races and backgrounds,” said co-author Yasser El-Sayed, MD, a Packard Children’s Hospital obstetrician and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the medical school. “Gaining better insight into the risks facing specific populations provides for better counseling and better prenatal care.”