Study: HbA1c Levels Decreasing for Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes

HbA1c Levels Decreasing for Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes

-Craig Idlebrook

Researchers have found that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes tended to have lower HbA1c levels, on average, than they did six years ago. They also found, perhaps not coincidentally, that this group of patients are using continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) more often than they have in the past.

For the study, researchers examined T1D Exchange Clinic Registry health data from 255 pregnant women with type 1 diabetes during two separate periods – 2010 to 2013 and 2016 to 2018.  During that time, the average HbA1c of those examined decreased from 6.8% to 6.5%. During that same period, the rate of CGM use more than doubled while insulin pump use essentially remained stable.

The results were unveiled at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 79th Scientific Sessions in San Francisco.

The researchers stopped short of drawing a conclusion on the findings, saying more research is needed first in this relatively untouched field of the study of health outcomes in pregnancy and type 1 diabetes.  However, this study provides an optimistic data point about pregnancy and type 1 diabetes.

You can read more about T1D Exchange-related research at the ADA 79th Scientific Sessions here. 

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