Preconception optimization of glycaemic control in diabetes

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The prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus is increasing worldwide. In developing countries 25% of adult females with diabetes are in the reproductive age. Thus in developing countries increased number of pregnancies are complicated by diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes in pregnancy is associated with increased risk for both mother and foetus. These risks can be minimized by good control of diabetes before and during pregnancy. Management in the preconception period is discussed in this review article. Detailed management involves general advice of lifestyle modification followed by specific details of screening for complications of diabetes. Changes in the drugs for both glycaemic control and other co-morbid conditions are discussed. The recommended insulin regimen in the preconception period and monitoring of glycaemic control by self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) and HbA1C has also been highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S15-S18
JournalJPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016


  • Preconception, Diabetes mellitus, Glycaemic control, Pregnancy.


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