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Deciding to have a child is one of the most important decisions of peoples lives Diabetes is a very serious disease It attacks million people around the world many of them women These women one day may be thinking about having a baby Numerous precautions must be taken by women during pregnancy Special safeguard must be taken by women with diabetes These precautions need to be taken due to birth defects An estimated 15 million women of child-bearing age in the United States havediabetes A diabetic pregnancy is one of the leading causes of birth defects Henderson pNA Diabetes can strike at any age and can occur in anyone Although it is not exactly known for sure about the what causes it Diabetes is believed to do with the bodys own immune system attacking and destroying insulin producing cells in the pancreas There are two forms of Diabetes Type I diabetes also called insulin dependent diabetes The second form Type II diabetes or non insulin dependent diabetes Before insulin was introduced women with diabetes were told that pregnancy was not for them It is true that in the past pregnancy did present major problems for women with diabetes In the pre-insulin era Many diabetic women died before the child bearing age and those that survived were often infertile Ellenberg 696 Their babies did not often survive When insulin became available in the 1920s pregnancies became more common with diabetic women Yet the number of successful pregnancies remained far below that of women who did not have diabetes Today the news is good It is now known that the key to a healthy pregnancy for women with diabetes is tight blood glucose control The goal of tight control is to keep blood glucose levels as close to non-diabeteic or normal as possibleAlthough the rate of successful pregnancies among women with diabetes has improved there are still some problems with to be concerned about Pregnant women are
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