Pregnancy: High-Normal Blood Sugar Risky
Experts Question Whether Gestational Diabetes Limit Is Too High
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There is also confusion about which blood sugar-lowering therapies are best
for the treatment of gestational diabetes.
Insulin is often recommended when diet and exercise alone fail to lower blood
sugar, but use of the widely prescribed diabetes drug metformin during pregnancy
In a separate study also reported in Thursday's New England Journal of
Medicine, researchers compared outcomes in 751 women with gestational
diabetes treated with either insulin or metformin.
Researcher Janet A. Rowan, MB, and colleagues reported no increase in
complications among infants born to mothers who took metformin.
But almost half (46%) of the metformin-treated women ended up needing