New mothers and their babies have been thanked for their support for a ground-breaking international research programme into diabetes.
Pregnant women from the West Midlands were invited to join in the PRiDE Micronutrients in Pregnancy study, an international collaborative study involving women from Warwickshire, Southampton and India.
The study, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC, UK), examines nutrients (in particular vitamin B12 and Folic acid) in early pregnancy and how this affects the mother developing diabetes in pregnancy and her children’s risk of obesity and diabetes in their later life.
Headed by Dr Ponnusamy Saravanan, Consultant Diabetologist at George Eliot Hospital & Associate Clinical Professor at University of Warwick, PRiDE is the largest study of its kind in the world and hopes to involve over 4,500 mums in the West Midlands by 2015.
500 women and 100 babies from North Warwickshire and Coventry are now part of the study and were all invited to a special Christmas event to thank them for their support in the project. The event included a visit from Father Christmas, professional baby photographer, baby massage demonstration, workshop by the Belgrade Theatre Group, breast feeding support and food and drink.
Dr Saravanan was grateful to everyone who has taken part: “Any new medical advancement needs volunteers and I’d personally like to thank everyone who has given their time to take part. Hopefully their help will make a real difference to the long-term health prospects of other mothers and their future generations.
“With the support of all the mothers involved we hope to answer many of the unanswered questions about how diet in pregnancy can ‘programme’ a baby’s health in adulthood. Vitamin B12 is relatively cheap to produce and distribute, and if the research provides evidence to back up the suggested long-term health benefits, Vitamin B12 could be key in preventing obesity and diabetes in the future.”
For more information on the project please go to www2.warwick.ac.uk/go/pride-study or www.facebook.com/pridestudy
If you are pregnant and interested in becoming involved in the PRiDE project, speak to your midwife or call the PRiDE team on 024 7686 3592.
- A pregnant mother has a 1 in 6 chance of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
- The risk of GDM is even higher in mothers of South Asian origin and other Ethnic Minority groups
- GDM can affect any mother. Though older age, higher body mass index (BMI) and family history of diabetes are high risk factors for developing GDM, there are a significant number of cases which cannot be explained by these factors
- Mothers who had GDM during their pregnancy are at 7 to 8 times higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later on in their life
- Birth weight of the babies born to mothers with GDM can be large and are also at risk of type 2 diabetes or obesity in childhood and adult life. Therefore GDM affects not only a mum but can have an impact on her future generations
- The PRiDE study is a collaborative effort by University of Warwick, University of Southampton and a premier Indian diabetes research institution. The study is sponsored by University of Warwick and George Eliot Hospital. It has the support of the Research Networks and Research & Development departments of the Primary and Secondary NHS Trusts involved in Coventry and Warwickshire.
- The project is being run thanks to a £800K award from the Medical Research Council.