[Bionews] Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders

Masi, Paula PMasi at liebertpub.com
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Insulin Resistance During Pregnancy
Poses Risks for Mother and Child
New Rochelle, NY, July 26, 2006-Increasing rates of premature births
coincide with the rise in obesity over the past two decades, and the
Summer 2006 issue (Volume 4, Number 2) of Metabolic Syndrome and Related
Disorders explores the possible link between excess abdominal fat,
insulin resistance, and the risk of preterm birth. Metabolic Syndrome
and Related Disorders is a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann
Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com <http://www.liebertpub.com/> ). The
entire issue is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/met.
            "In the 20 years from 1980 to 2000, which approximately
coincides with the 30.8% increase in premature births, the percentage of
adults who were overweight or obese in the United States increased from
25% in 1980 to 57% in 2000, a 128% increase," says Richard C. Adler,
M.D., Guest Editor of this special issue of Metabolic Syndrome and
Related Disorders, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of
Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
Memphis, and Medical Director, AlphaMAXX Healthcare. "It is reasonable
to suggest that there might be a cause-and-effect relationship with the
increasing rate of premature births and the escalation of obesity
related to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome."
            Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of related health
conditions that include overweight, insulin resistance (the declining
ability of the body to produce insulin in response to increases in blood
sugar), and elevated blood pressure and lipid levels.
            In an article entitled "Effects of Diet and Exercise on
Insulin Resistance during Pregnancy, James F. Clapp III, MD, presents
the evidence to support the role a low-glycemic diet and exercise can
have in helping to minimize the increase in insulin resistance that
tends to occur during pregnancy in Western societies.
            Other papers in this special issue look at the effects of
maternal insulin resistance on fetal growth and body composition
(Kristine Lain, MD and Patrick Catalano, MD) and on the consequences of
preterm birth and low birth weight on the risk to the child of
developing metabolic disorders later in life (Paul Hofman, et al.). 
            The issue also includes a report on elevated blood glucose
levels during pregnancy and the mother's risk of metabolic syndrome
later in life; the risks associated with polycystic ovary syndrome; the
role of glucocorticoids in predisposing the fetus to abdominal obesity
and metabolic syndrome later in life; reduced levels of omega-3 fatty
acids in current Western diets and the relationship of this dietary
component to the metabolic syndrome, infertility, and pregnancy; and the
relationships between normal pregnancy, obesity, and gestational
diabetes and insulin resistance.
            Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders is the only
peer-reviewed journal to focus solely on the pathophysiology,
recognition, and treatment of metabolic syndrome. Edited by Vivian
Fonseca, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Tullis Tulane
Alumni Chair in Diabetes at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, in
New Orleans, LA, the Journal covers a range of topics including insulin
resistance, central obesity, glucose intolerance, dyslipidemia with
elevated triglycerides, predominance of small dense LDL-cholesterol
particles, hypertension, endothelial dysfunction, and oxidative stress
and inflammation. Tables of contents and other free sample issues may be
viewed online at www.liebertpub.com.
            Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is a privately held, fully
integrated media company known for establishing authoritative
peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical
research, including Obesity Management, Diabetes Technology and
Therapeutics, and Journal of Women's Health.  Its biotechnology trade
magazine, Genetic Engineering News (GEN), was the first in its field and
is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A
complete list of the firm's 60 journals and books is available at
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