Importance of long-term care of diabetic women starting in pregnancy

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Large scale, multi-center, controlled studies have demonstrated the importance of glycemic control, as indicated by HbA1c levels, in reducing the incidence and progression of diabetic complications. However, Yasue Omori, who began practicing medicine in Tokyo 60 years ago, in 1957, has the vantage point of long-term continuing care for women with type 2 diabetes, some for several decades. An internist who specializes in diabetic pregnancy, Dr Omori began caring for many of her patients during their pregnancies and continued to care for them following their deliveries, some now more than 50 years. Surprisingly, despite lack of optimal HbA1c levels, they have suffered relatively few diabetic complications. As reported in “The importance of nonstop treatment after delivery for pregnant women with type 2 diabetes” in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, Omori and colleagues present a historical perspective that provides evidence that a long-term patient-care giver relationship following pregnancy can be valuable in reducing the onset and progression of diabetic complications.

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