Homocysteine and Pregnancy Outcomes

Hyperhomocysteinemia has also been suspected as a risk factor for pregnancy complications and birth defects. Elevated plasma homocysteine levels have been associated with placental vasculopathy, pre-eclampsia, and placental infarction, as well as recurrent premature delivery, low birth weight, and spontaneous abortion. Birth defects associated with hyperhomocysteinemia in the mother include neural tube defects, orofacial clefts, clubfoot, and Down's syndrome. The protective effect of folic acid supplementation and fortification against neural tube defects, and perhaps the other abnormal birth outcomes cited, may be related to reduced homocysteine levels.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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