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High iron levels are associated with risk of gestational diabetes, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 14 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6075
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Elevated iron levels may raise the risk of developing gestational diabetes, show the results of a prospective study that potentially questions routine iron supplementation in pregnant women with normal iron levels.1

Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to iron deficiency, so several guidelines recommend routine iron supplementation during pregnancy. Recent research has suggested that larger iron stores are associated with disturbances in glucose metabolism and an …

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