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Question:

From Alabama, USA:

Are there any statistics for hypoglycemia or other diabetes symptoms in the pre-natal and new-born? More specifically, my interest is the extreme-early diagnosis of blood sugar anomaly.

Answer:

You seem to be asking about a combination of unrelated symptoms. Most newborns with transient low blood sugar turn out to have nothing wrong with them or are the infants of diabetic mothers. In the infants of diabetic mothers there can be transient low blood sugars due excess prenatal stimulation of the baby's pancreas when the mother's blood sugar is high. This causes excess insulin production which may continue for a while after birth.

Much rarer are other causes of low blood sugar in the newborn period due to hormonal deficiencies or inherited biochemical abnormalities in sugar metabolism.

TGL

Original posting 31 Jul 1998
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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