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Obesity--linked diabetes and stillbirth.

Pregnant women with type 2 diabetes, often triggered by obesity, are five times more likely to have a stillborn baby and their babies are three times more likely than other babies to die within the four weeks of life. The two findings are reported by the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal & Child Health, and they are in accord with other results from countries with rising levels of obesity and diabetes.

The World Health Organization warned in October this year of the dangers of type 2 diabetes, as it increasingly affects younger people.
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Title Annotation:Worldwide news
Publication:International Midwifery
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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