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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/29/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Cincinnati Declares Diabetes in Pregnancy Awareness Week

Cincinnati—Mayor Roxanne Qualls has declared May 2-8 as Diabetes in Pregnancy Awareness Week in Cincinnati. Approximately 17 million people in the US have diabetes and many are women who are in their reproductive years, according to Menachem Miodovnik, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. When a woman with diabetes becomes pregnant, the pregnancy and the disease may affect each other and could cause significant consequences for the mother and her infant.

Miodovnik treats patients from preconception through pregnancy. "Many patients have been told not to have children, but we have helped them deliver healthy children," says Miodovnik. One patient is the proud parent of 18-month-old twin boys and is expecting another child this year. Another patient had her first child at age 40 and is the mother of two healthy children.

Pregnant women also need to be aware of gestational diabetes, which is a diabetes-like condition that usually appears during the second half of pregnancy and usually ends after delivery. This condition may have serious short and long-term implications for the mother and infant. "Each year, approximately 200,000 women throughout the United States and 1,500 women in the Greater Cincinnati area are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, requiring modification of their health care management during pregnancy," says Miodovnik. Although strides have been made toward understanding and managing diabetes in pregnancy, Miodovnik says much remains to be researched and studied in an effort to optimize the outcome of these pregnancies.

During Diabetes in Pregnancy Awareness Week, the UC Office of Continuing Medical Education and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, are hosting a symposium on gestational diabetes for local health care providers at the Omni Netherland Hotel on May 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The symposium features nationally and internationally renowned specialists in the field of diabetes in pregnancy. Among the speakers are Steven Gabbe, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington; Lois Jovanovic, MD, director of the Sansum Medical Research Foundation; Oded Langer, MD, division chief of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas at San Antonio; E. Albert Reece, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University School of Medicine; as well as Menachem Miodovnik, MD, and Barak Rosenn, MD, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati, who organized the symposium. For more information regarding this program, call 558-2827 or e-mail: uccme@uc.edu.

The Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group of North America is hosting a symposium in Cincinnati on May 8 and 9. The meeting will focus on unresolved issues in pregnancy and preexisting diabetes, including the most recent research initiatives in this area and proposals for further investigation.



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