NIH study links sleep-disordered breathing to gestational diabetes

A study of 221 pregnant women with overweight or obesity found sleep-disordered breathing in early pregnancy is associated with insulin resistance or difficulty clearing glucose from the blood. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the study, the findings suggest the value of screening pregnant women, particularly those with overweight or obesity, for sleep-disordered breathing in order to reduce their risk of gestational diabetes. (NIH news release, 1/6/22)