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Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

Undergoing bariatric surgery can lower risk of gestational diabetes in pregnancy

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who undergo weight-loss surgery before becoming pregnant are less likely to develop gestational diabetes and give birth to large babies. However, these women are at risk for delivering smaller babies, according to the report.

“Since bariatric surgery followed by pregnancy has both positive and negative effects, these women, when expecting, should be regarded as high-risk pregnancies,” said Kari Johansson, PhD, a nutritionist in the Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

She suggests that doctors closely follow these women throughout their pregnancies and give advice on healthy eating and, if necessary, taking supplements.

Learn more about the study’s findings on EndocrineWeb.com.

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Pregnancy is safer after bariatric surgery, says study

Pregnancy is safer after bariatric surgery, says study

Bariatric surgery has many benefits, and could mean safer pregnancies for women, according to a major new study. The study was conducted by Swedish researchers, led by Kari Johansson, a nutritionist at the Karolinska Institute, and its findings showed that overall the results were better for pregnancies of women who had surgery.

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