The Relationship Between Body Iron Status, Iron Intake And Gestational Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Biological and epidemiological evidence have found that gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) may be correlated with body iron status and dietary iron intake. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between dietary iron intake and body iron status and GDM risk.We conducted a systematic search in Embase, PubMed, Web of Science, and Cochrane Library up to April 2015. Prospective cohort studies or case-control studies which appraised the relationship between body iron status, dietary iron intake, and GDM risk were included. Relative risks (RRs), standard mean difference (SMD), and 95% confidence intervals [CIs] were used to measure the pooled data.A total of 8 prospective cohort studies and 7 case-control studies were in accordance with inclusive criteria, and 14 studies were included in meta-analysis. The overall RR comparing the highest and lowest levels of serum ferritin was 3.22 (95% CI: 1.73–6.00) for prospective cohort studies. Serum ferritin of GDM group is markedly higher than that of control (0.88 ng/mL; 95% CI: 0.40–1.35 ng/mL) for case-control studies. The comparison between the highest and the lowest serum ferritin levels and dietary total iron levels revealed pooled RRs of 1.53 (95% CI: 1.17–2.00) and 1.01 (95% CI: 1.00–1.01) for prospective cohort studies, respectively. The combined SMD comparing serum transferrin levels of cases and controls was −0.02 μmol/L (95% CI: −0.22 to 0.19 μmol/L) for case-control studies.Increased higher ferritin levels were significantly correlated with higher risk of GDM, and higher heme iron levels may be correlated with higher risk of GDM; however, the present conclusion did not constitute definitive proof that dietary total iron or serum transferrin have relation to GDM.

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