Impact of Maternal GDM and Obesity on Mother and Fetus

Publish Date: 2011
Author(s): Patrick Catalano, MD


The worldwide increase in obesity among women of reproductive age signals a shift of the global disease burden from acute infectious disease to chronic diseases such as diabetes and atherosclerotic vascular disease, with their associated increase in health care costs. Dr Catalano discusses the causes and outcomes of the pattern of obesity/insulin resistance/gestational diabetes in pregnant women. Citing inflammation as a contributing factor in this pattern, Catalano indicates that current research is examining lifestyle and dietary factors relating to decreasing inflammation in pregnancy and thereby improving maternal insulin sensitivity and fetal growth.
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Patrick Catalano, Md

Case Western Reserve University, Department of Reproductive Biology, USA
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