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Diabetes raises risk of stillbirths

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Women with diabetes are seven times more likely to have a stillborn baby than women without the condition, warn researchers from Leicester General Hospital.

They looked at 130 pregnancies in women with type 1 diabetes between 1999 and 2006 and found that 3.9% resulted in stillbirth, compared with the national norm of 0.55%.

They added that congenital malformations were more than double the norm in babies born to mothers with type 1 diabetes – 5.4% compared to 2%.

A second Leicester study found women with type 2 diabetes were five times more likely to have a baby with congenital malformations, and more than twice as likely to miscarry, than women with type 1 diabetes. The study involved 218 pregnant women with diabetes.

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