Pregnant women with diabetes are at higher risk of infections
Pregnant women who have diabetes have a risk of deadly infections threefold higher than pregnant women who do not have diabetes, according to recent research. This deadly infection caused by the MRSA bacterium (Methiillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
MRSA is a bacteria which is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause some types of disease, including death. MRSA is especially vulnerable to attack patients treated in hospitals.
Recent research suggests that the increased risk associated with diabetes that affects pregnant women. However, this risk does not occur in pregnant women who do not have diabetes, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“When combined with previous studies that showed an increased risk of infection in people who have diabetes, women with diabetes have a higher risk of developing MRSA than women in general,” said the researcher, as reported by U.S. News (12/07).
The results obtained after the researchers analyzed data on more than 3.5 million women in a hospital. They found that five percent of mothers had diabetes during pregnancy and one percent had diabetes before pregnancy. There were 600 cases of MRSA in the mother after childbirth. The most common sources of infection are the skin, urinary tract, genital organs, infection of the wound, and blood infections.
Although the study found an association between pregnant women who have diabetes and the risk of MRSA infection, but this study did not demonstrate a causal relationship.