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Snoring during pregnancy leads to diabetes?

June 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Pregnant women who snore frequently during sleep could be at a higher risk for gestational diabetes.Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine surveyed 189 healthy women at two times during their pregnancy.

Pregnant women who snored at least three nights per week had a 14.3 percent chance of developing gestational diabetes, compared to a 3.3 percent chance for women who did not snore often.

One theory is that snoring may indicate poor air flow, which could result in less oxygen in a woman's blood.

Gestational diabetes happens when women who don't have diabetes develop high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, leaving them at risk for Type 2 diabetes after giving birth. Researchers recommend that women who experience frequent snoring during pregnancy see a sleep specialist.

The findings were presented at the SLEEP 2009 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

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