Understanding Defects in Fatty Acid Mobilization to Safeguard Fetal DHA Accretion in Gestational Diabetes
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- This study documented the changes in circulating levels of various fatty acids during the third trimester of pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes.
- In gestational diabetes, defects in the mobilization of several fatty acids were identified, including the DHA necessary for accretion by the fetus.
- In a separate controlled intervention study, fish oil supplementation during the third trimester lowered the incidence of some complications of gestational diabetes in neonates and mothers. Replication in larger studies is necessary to substantiate the findings.