Diabetes

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Pregnant and Diabetic?  You may be more prone to MRSA.  That’s what a new study featured in last Month’s issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) is advising.

The study, carried out by a researchers at the Department of Epidemiology of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research looked at more than 3.5 million delivery-related hospital admissions from the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2005-2008 and determined that a MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection was 3.4 times more likely to occur in women with diabetes than women without.

During the course of the study, there were 3,531,821 pregnancy related admissions.  185,514 (5.3%) of those women developed diabetes during pregnancy, commonly known as gestational diabetes.  28,939 (1%) had diabetes prior to becoming pregnant.

According to the study, pre-pregnancy diabetes appears to be a risk factor leading to invasive MRSA infection in the early period after giving birth.  Women with gestational diabetes were found to pose a potentially higher risk for developing MRSA, but the estimates were not precise because the researches were only able to determine the exact way MRSA was contracted in around half of the total cases of infection.

Childbirth is the most common reason for hospitalization in the US.  Because this number is so high, pregnant women admitted for labor and delivery make up a large portion of the patients that develop MRSA while in the hospital.

While researches admit there is not sufficient data to conclude that pre-pregnancy diabetes is a direct cause of the risk of MRSA once admitted for delivery, diabetes can increase susceptibility to MRSA.

Later this year, LabStyle, a United States based healthcare technology company, will introduce its new glucose monitoring tool, Dario.  Dario is not your grandmother’s meter.  Dario is a glucose monitoring system that integrates a pocket-sized glucometer with a mobile application for your Apple Iphone or Android phone.

The all-in-one Dario glucose meter has a built in easy-pull strip cartridge and an ultra thin lancing device.  The strip cartridge can hold up to 25 strips.

Connect Dario to the headphone socket of your smart phone and it will immediately sync with the Dario App.  With this new application, you can manage your Diabetes on the go.   The Dario App will track your medication intake and your activity level, as well as the amount of carbohydrates (carbs) consumed.  This smart meter will offer an accurate recommendation of the amount of insulin needed.

Dario will be available in the United Kingdom later this year.  LabStyle expects to release Dario in the United States sometime in 2014 following a 510(k) approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

LabStyle believes that Dario is the perfect glucose management solution for people who lead a modern, active lifestyle and crave the freedom to control and improve their condition.

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