Selenium and Pregnancy Diabetes Link

Past studies have shown that women who develop diabetes in pregnancy are more likely to have lower blood selenium levels.  Now, a new meta-analysis paper has pooled results and looked further into this…

The new paper analysed data from six observational studies comprised of 147 women with pregnancy (gestational) diabetes and 360 women without the condition and with normal blood sugar levels.

Results showed that blood serum selenium levels were significantly lower in women with pregnancy diabetes compared with women without it.  This was particularly the case in the second and third trimesters, though the association was not significant in the second trimester.

These are interesting and important findings highlighting that women with diabetes in pregnancy have lower selenium status.  More work now needs to be carried out to determine why.

 For more information, see: Askari G et al. (2015) J Trace Elem Med Biol Vol. 29, pg 195-201.