advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:

I am 28 years old, have been diabetic for 25 years. I tend to over-medicate myself and have frequent hypoglycemia. I understand from my endocrinologist that this tends to be common in young diabetics (the over-medicating). Now that my husband and I are considering planning a family, I am interested in knowing the effects of low glucose levels on a fetus. I am aware of the dangers of high glucose levels during pregnancy, but could not find any info on the effects of low levels.

Answer:

The effects of hypoglycemia on a fetus are not as well understood as the effects of hyperglycemia. Based on some animal studies, it appears that the fetus does not have as much glucose reserve as a child/adult. Thus, the fetus is very reliant on glucose from the mother. The long term effects of repeated hypoglycemic events are unknown.

In my own practice, if I have a patient who is having repeated insulin reactions, I will loosen the glucose control and tolerate higher blood sugar values to prevent hypoglycemic events. I do this to minimize the risk to the mother since the effects on the fetus (increased weight, hypoglycemia at birth) are very manageable problems.

OWJ

Original posting 25 May 97

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.