NOTE: By submitting this form and registering with us, you are providing us with permission to store your personal data and the record of your registration. In addition, registration with the Medical Independent includes granting consent for the delivery of that additional professional content and targeted ads, and the cookies required to deliver same. View our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice for further details.



Don't have an account? Subscribe

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Vitamin D status in women with gestational diabetes mellitus

By Mindo - 14th Dec 2020

An Asian Chinese male pharmacist helping customer doing blood sugar test at pharmacy counter. Close up shoot sugar test.

Irish Endocrine Society, Annual Conference, 27 November 2020

A study by a team from South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, which assessed vitamin D status in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) was presented as a poster presentation at the 2020 IES Annual Conference.

Vitamin D has a modulatory role in insulin secretion and action and is potentially relevant for development of GDM. Observational studies have shown associations between low vitamin D levels and GDM.

A total of 74 women diagnosed with GDM were included in this study. Serum 25(OH)D levels were assessed at diagnosis (median week 25 gestation) and labelled as sufficient (>50nmol/L) or insufficient (<50nmol/L).
The researchers subdivided these groups into those checked in winter (October-March) or summer (April-September).

In total 40 patients (57 per cent) had sufficient levels of vitamin D; 29 (72.5 per cent) of these had levels checked in summer. The remaining 34 (43 per cent) patients had insufficient levels of vitamin D; 14 (41 per cent) of these were assessed in summer.

In total, of those assessed in summer 33 per cent were insufficient, and of those assessed in winter 65 per cent were insufficient in vitamin D. A recent Cochrane review has suggested that supplementation with vitamin D during pregnancy may reduce the risk of GDM and its related complications such as preeclampsia.

Only 57 per cent of women with GDM in this Irish cohort had sufficient vitamin D and the majority (72.5 per cent) of those were checked in summer.

Despite recommendations for vitamin D supplementation in all pregnant women, the study indicates high levels of insufficiency in women with GDM, in whom it may be a causative factor and may also increase risk of complications.

Leave a Reply

ADVERTISEMENT

Latest

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Latest Issue
The Medical Independent 25th June 2024

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trending Articles

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT