New Research in the Pipeline: Giving newborns of obese moms anti-diabetes medication to prevent future obesity…really?


Oh My Goodness. Reading this article has literally caused my blood pressure to rise! Research into the possibility of medicating newborn children of obese women to possibly prevent their future obesity …Children of women who have metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes taking anti diabetes drugs in the hope that the DRUGS we give them soon after birth will decrease the chance for obesity later in their lives.

I really wish I could yell this from the rooftops. Metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes have a GENETIC component. Yes, it is most likely the combination of multiple genes AND progression is hastened by stressors such as inactivity, high stress, high carb diet, pain/surgery, certain medications (Prednisone, Cortisone), and toxins. If a child is to be born with this gene, he will be born with this gene. The medication will not prevent that from happening. Once he is born, the stressors can be affected…he can stay active, decrease stress, monitor carb intake, be careful of glucose raising medications….but taking anti diabetic medication will only get him “taking anti diabetic medication” at an earlier age. A much earlier age. When he is growing. Side effects anyone?

So…the mothers who have the genes for metabolic syndrome plus the possibility of passing these genes to their children need to learn to eat/exercise before and during their pregnancy so they can give birth to a baby who is not born with a fatigued pancreas and an excess number of fat cells.

Why are we not looking to prevent the issue? You can’t change the child’s genes (at this point) but you can change the food source he/she is presented with prior to birth and how he learns to eat and stay active after his birth to affect his weight and health. Medication for babies? Really?

Most obese women who become pregnant, and women who have higher than normal blood sugar in pregnancy (these women have what I call Met B, metabolic syndrome, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes) pass higher levels of sugar to their babies. The baby’s pancreas (yes, the baby’s pancreas in utero) responds with insulin to match its sugar intake from the mother’s blood supply. So…a mother who is presenting her unborn child with high levels of blood sugar is, in effect, over-feeding the child before it is born AND overstimulating his/her pancreas to become over-insulin producing.

These children are born over-fat! They are often close to or over 9 pounds. Did you know that many children become hypoglycemic immediately after birth when the cord is cut? This is because their pancreas is still over-producing insulin and the high sugar pipeline from the mother is cut off!

So now we are going to medicate our kids soon after they are born for metabolic problems their mother’s had during pregnancy. How about we admit that over 50% of women have Metabolism B…they may not yet be diagnosed with pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes, but they have the propensity. They can be told this when they are as young as late teens by their labwork. If they have Met B, they NEED to learn to change their diet/lifestyle not only to properly feed their baby in utero, but to properly feed their own body for a lifetime of health and then teach their children a healthy lifestyle.

My goodness. What a sad commentary.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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