Vancouver—As the obesity epidemic unfolds
on a global stage, two new groups of patients find themselves in the spotlight:
pregnant women and their developing offspring. Recent research links maternal
obesity as well as type 2 diabetes to a spectrum of abnormal conditions that
occur during fetal development. Many of these effects, such as fetal obesity
and neural tube defects, can have lifelong repercussions.
At the annual meeting of the Teratology Society held here in June, scientists
discussed the latest findings on adverse pregnancy outcomes related to maternal
obesity and diabetes. They also stressed the need for more research in these
Hampton T. Maternal Diabetes and Obesity May Have Lifelong Impact on Health of Offspring. JAMA. 2004;292(7):789–790. doi:10.1001/jama.292.7.789
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