Mother's diabetes can cause birth defects: Study

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Maternal diabetes, even when controlled with insulin and blood sugar levels are kept mostly in check, can cause permanent damage to the fetus and birth defects, according to a recent study. The findings of the study were published in the journal 'Science Advances'. More than 3 million women of birthing age in the US and 60 million in the world have diabetes -- a disease that occurs when blood sugar is too high. About 300,000 to 400,000 fetuses per year from mothers with diabetes develop neural tube defects -- when the tissue that eventually forms the brain and spinal cord fails to form properly -- which can lead to miscarriage or profound disability.

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