Insulin study sparks pregnancy concerns

Falling insulin requirements among pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes are associated with serious clinical complications, according to an Australian study.

One in four has a “fairly large fall in insulin requirements” in late pregnancy, with a median reduction close to 30%, says lead author Dr Suja Padmanabhan of the department of diabetes and endocrinology at Westmead Hospital.

“This is more common than previously thought.”