Gestational Diabetes Tied to Language Delays
11.27.08 Study adds talking skills to long list of health issues linked to condition
Infants born to mothers with gestational diabetes were twice as likely to have language delays than other children, The New York Times reports.
The new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that gestational diabetes hinders language development into a baby's middle childhood, and the association is stronger than with any other factor except maternal education level.
Other recent studies have shown that the rate of pregnancy diabetes is on the rise, which can lead to other serious health issues for mom and baby later in life. This condition develops when a woman can't produce enough insulin—or simply, an elevated blood sugar level.
For a quick take on one way to keep diabetes at bay while you're expecting, check out Avoiding Gestational Diabetes. Also, read up at Sugar Blues to learn more about screening tests and other prevention tips.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.