Fat baby test fails

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

TREAT­ING obese preg­nant women with a di­a­betes drug does not stop their ba­bies from be­ing born over­weight.

A study shows heav­ier ba­bies are more likely to grow into over­weight adults and doc­tors had hoped the treat­ment would help to re­duce obe­sity rates as well as lower the num­ber of dif­fi­cult births.

The re­search, led by the Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, tested whether treat­ing over­weight moth­ers- to- be with the di­a­betes drug met­formin would re­duce the weight of their ba­bies.

But they found there was no dif­fer­ence in the weight of ba­bies born to moth­ers who re­ceived the treat­ment com­pared with a group of women who re­ceived a dummy pill.

Met­formin also had no ef­fect on the num­ber of birth com­pli­ca­tions, such as mis­car­riages and still births.

The treat­ment did help to re­duce blood sugar lev­els in the moth­ers- to- be and helped to lower the lev­els of other mark­ers that have been linked to pre- eclamp­sia and pre­ma­ture births.

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