Snoring during pregnancy leads to 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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