Being pregnant and Diabetes, Dementia Danger, Pediatric Ketoacidosis

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What are the top 10 research areas for international researchers working in women’s health and diabetes? According to a recent report in HCPLive®, UK researchers surveyed health care providers and women with diabetes to determine which areas of unmet need could benefit from more research.

The first phase of the project involved a survey with 466 responses. In a second phase, the participants came together for a workshop to reach a consensus on the most important priorities.

The 10 most important research areas for diabetes and pregnancy are:

  • Diabetes technology
  • Optimal tests for diabetes during pregnancy
  • Diet and lifestyle interventions
  • Emotional and well-being of women with diabetes before to after pregnancy
  • Safe full term birth
  • Dependency and support needs of women
  • Diagnosis and treatment late in pregnancy
  • Prevention of other types of diabetes in women with gestational diabetes
  • Work and birth experiences and decisions of women
  • Improving pregnancy planning

Risk of dementia associated with previous onset of diabetes

A study recently published in JAMA found an association between an increased risk of dementia the younger the patient was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (T2D). In a prospective cohort study in the UK of 10,095 participants, the fitted analysis found that at age 70, the hazard ratio was 1.24 (95% CI, 1.06-1 for each 5 years earlier age at which T2D started) was 1.24 (95% CI, 1.06-1 , 46).

The researchers were only able to propose a few hypotheses for the connection, such as: B. a link between metabolic dysfunction of the brain and insulin resistance and higher hypoglycaemia rates in diabetes treatment, which increase the risk of dementia.

The study was also reported in HCPLive®.

Diabetic ketoacidosis on the rise in children during COVID-19

According to a recent study by Diabetes Care, there has been an increase in children with T2D with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

The study was conducted at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, where researchers examined the medical records of patients with emerging T2D between March and August 2018 through 2020. The results in these cases showed a sharp increase from 9% in 2018 to 3% in 2019 and then 20% in 2020 (P = 0.029).

Researchers theorized that because of the pandemic, children may have missed an appointment with the pediatrician, were less physically active, or had less access to healthy food. There could also be a biological link between the virus and diabetes, they said.