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Diabetes 'increases birth defect risk'

“Diabetic mothers-to-be have high risk of giving birth to children with congenital abnormality,” The Guardian has said.

The news is based on UK research that compared the rates of birth defects in women with and without diabetes. It found that about 7% of pregnancies in women with diabetes were affected by birth defects that were not caused by problems with the number or structure of the chromosomes. This was 3.8 times higher than the rate in women without diabetes. The study also found that women who have worse control over their blood sugar around the time of conception were at greater risk.