Clinical Study Title:
Do multivitamin supplements attenuate the risk for diabetes-associated birth defects?

Plain English Summary:
Women with diabetes are often at risk for delivering babies with certain birth defects. This research looks at the relation of nutritional health of the mother prior to conception through pregnancy to the reduction in birth defects in women who have diabetes. Comparisons were made between mothers with diabetes who had babies with birth defects and those who did not. Their multivitamin usage was compared and it was found that for mothers with diabetes, the use of multivitamins before and during pregnancy was associated with less risk of birth defects. The use of multivitamins then can provide a protective effect against birth defects for moms with diabetes.
Correa A. Botto L. Liu Y. Mulinare J. Erickson JD.
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.
Country of Publication
United States
Pediatrics. 111(5 Part 2):1146-51, 2003 May.

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