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Rapid response to:


Birth characteristics of women who develop gestational diabetes: population based study

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 02 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:546

Rapid Response:

Is there any interaction between mother's diabetes and the women's birth weight?

Sir- Dr Egeland's report(BMJ 2000;321:546-547) describes a fact that
often seen in diabetes clinic. Diebetes seems more like to be transmited
by mother side factors from one generation to another.But is it the fact?
Diabetes mothers tend to give birth of heavier babies(including heavier
female babies).Heavier female tend to be healthier than the lighter ones
in name of gestational diabetes.This will stop the possibility of
transmition of diebetes from mother side.At the same time,we can find from
the table offered by this report that birth weight is also a risk factor
for women's gestational diabetes.As the author indicated,this fact is in
agreement with Barker's hypothesis.This arises a additional question: Are
the women with a diabetes mother and low birth weight much more likely to
develop gestational diabetes? A positive answer will give more evidence to
this research.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 April 2002
Clayman ZK Zhang
Research Staff
MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit,Southampton,SO16 6YD