Mum to Be Drug Trial to Prevent Obese Babies…
The NHS are recruiting for a medical trial which will see obese pregnant women being given a drug to try and reduce the chances of their child becoming obese in later life.
According to the BBC overweight women supply too much food to a growing baby which can lead to health problems for mother and child. UK doctors want to try to control this with metformin, which is used to treat diabetes.
The researchers leading this study say 15% of pregnant women arriving at many UK hospitals are obese. It is thought that obese pregnant women are more resistant to the hormone insulin, which prevents blood sugar levels from getting too high. Metformin reduces insulin resistance. It is hoped this will reduce the amount of sugar going to the baby so it is born at a normal size.