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The Australian Women's Weekly - - Your Health -

Sheree Mut­ton re­veals the lat­est med­i­cal re­search to help you stay health­ier for longer.

LOW SU­GAR LINK TO DEVEL­OP­MENT

New­borns who have low blood su­gar lev­els – neona­tal hy­po­gly­caemia – are two to three times more likely to have dif­fi­cul­ties with prob­lem­solv­ing, plan­ning, mem­ory, at­ten­tion and hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion at age four and a half than chil­dren who had nor­mal blood su­gar lev­els. Ba­bies at risk in­clude those born pre­ma­turely, ba­bies smaller or larger than usual, or whose moth­ers have di­a­betes. The baby can be tested with a heel-prick blood test af­ter birth and treated with a su­gar gel if their blood su­gar is too low.

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