The Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine published new research in this month’s issue about how type 2 diabetes and obesity during pregnancy are a high-risk combination.
The study revealed that each of these conditions can independently be the direct cause of many health risks not just for the pregnant mother-to-be, but for the newborn as well, also contributing to complications during delivery.
The authors of the study state that the new findings bear great importance as many women of childbearing age are obese and afflicted by type 2 diabetes. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, more than 35% of women in the US were obese between the years 2007 and 2008. The CDC reported in 2010 that 11% of women older than 20 suffered from diabetes.