Technology and pregnancy.

J. Nudell*, A. Slade, L. Jovanovič, M. Hod

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The World Health Organisation projects that the number of diabetes-related deaths will double between the years 2005 and 2030. An important method for reducing the number of new cases of diabetes is by screening for and controlling glucose in women with gestational diabetes, the form of diabetes that afflicts up to 10% of the pregnant population. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes mellitus results in an increased risk of complications due to maternal hyperglycaemia and the resultant fetal hyperinsulinaemia. These complications include macrosomia and an increased risk of metabolic disorders including diabetes later in the child's life. Advances in the treatment of gestational diabetes have shown promising results in minimising fetal complications; they have also helped to slow the vicious cycle of women who contract gestational diabetes mellitus producing children with a high risk of developing diabetes later in life. A comprehensive literature review with an emphasis on technology has resulted in the following collection of papers relating to pregnancy and diabetes. Last year there were several technological advances in glucose monitoring. This year the applications of telemedicine in the treatment of gestational diabetes and the use of ultrasound for early detection of the disease have been at the forefront. The authors aimed to include articles that were not only relevant to the field of diabetes technology in pregnancy, but that also improved treatment and advanced understanding. The study design and results were also carefully examined in considering the articles. The selected articles contain findings that provide new techniques for diagnosing gestational diabetes mellitus as well as provide additional treatment methods for those affected by the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Practice, Supplement
Issue number170
StatePublished - Feb 2011

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