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Health Research

August 28, 2007

Treating Diabetes During Pregnancy Can Break Link to Childhood Obesity

Treating diabetes during pregnancy can break the link between gestational diabetes and childhood obesity, according to a Kaiser Permanente study featured in the September issue of Diabetes Care magazine.

The study also shows, for the first time, that by treating women with gestational diabetes, the child's risk of becoming obese is significantly reduced. The study was the subject of a Kaiser Permanente news release published Wednesday morning.

Researchers at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., and Hawaii used the organizations integrated databases to analyze medical records of nearly 10,000 mother-child pairs in Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii. The authors found that treating gestational diabetes reduces the child's risk of becoming obese during childhood to the same levels of those pregnant mothers with normal blood sugar levels.

Childhood obesity and diabetes are hot topics in contemporary medicine, as evidenced by the amount of coverage this Kaiser Permanente study generated in the hours after the news release was launched. Below is a sampling of stories:

USA Today: Maternal blood sugar linked to kids' obesity risk

Time Magazine: Mom’s Diabetes, Kid’s Obesity Linked

The Oregonian: Study links kids' obesity to gestational diabetes

CTV (Canada): Gestational diabetes linked to kids' obesity