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Research group

Diabetes and metabolism in pregnancy

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Group information


Helena Backman

Research subject

Diabetes (type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes/hyperglycemia) during pregnancy is associated with complications for the mother and child: both short and long-term. Depending of type of diabetes, the rates and severity of complications varies. Increased blood sugar during pregnancy is associated with excessive growth of the child, and the long-term consequences for the individual being born large for gestational age are unclear.

The placenta is essential for normal fetal development and growth. It mediates gas exchange and nutritional supply to the fetus as well as removal of waste products. It also produces hormones that regulate maternal physiology in benefit of fetal growth and it acts as an immune barrier.

Our current research is focused on Covid-19 infection, diabetes during pregnancy and effects on placental changes and clinical outcomes.