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Pregnant Women Beware: Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Raise Your Risk of Complications, Study Finds

Posted Oct 02 2008 3:12pm

Note from Connie: Pregnant women, please take note: If your blood sugar levels are high (which are undoubtedly caused by the culprit carbs you're eating), you're playing with fire! You are putting yourself and your baby for a number of health risks just because of your bad dietary habits. While I already spotlighted this development in my book SUGAR SHOCK!, yet another study just came out, which documents this discovery. Jennifer Moore gives you more info.

Pregnant women with blood sugar counts that are elevated but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes are at higher risk of problems like pre-eclampsia, premature delivery, and more, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Boyd Metzger. M.D., of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and his colleagues also found that women with higher blood sugar during pregnancy increased the chance that their newborns would suffer hypoglycemia, injuries during birth, and a greater likelihood of being delivered via c-section.

So sad to think of tiny, helpless newborns being at higher risk of having a tough introduction to the world because of their mothers' high blood sugar levels. Karla Gale of Reuters alerted me to this starling news.

Jennifer Moore for SUGAR SHOCK! Blog

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