Today is: World Diabetes Day 2017 The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future. • 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes. In the Saolta Region, your midwife or doctor will tell you if you need to be tested for diabetes in your pregnancy. • If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it is very important that you plan for your pregnancy. To view or download our prepregnancy care leaflet please click here. The Diabetes in Pregnancy Service for the Saolta Region will be glad to be of assistance to you. Clinics are available throughout…

Two new research trials that may be of interest to you that we are involved in. EMERGE for women with GDM examining the benefits of Metformin and EXPECT for women with Type 1 Diabetes examining a new insulin Degludec in pregnancy preparation or in pregnancy. Call Michelle (086 0208726) for further information.

Exciting news!! The EMERGE trial is now up and running in Galway and our first two babies are delivered and doing great! This landmark study led by Prof Fidelma Dunne aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a medication called metformin in treating gestational diabetes mellitus. We are currently recruiting pregnant women to participate in this trial.If you would like to find out more or volunteer, please contact our research nurse Ms Michelle Courcy Byrne @ 086 0208726.

Professor Fidelma Dunne was the local host for the annual Diabetic Pregnancy Study Group Meeting which took place in Dublin at the start of the month. Approximately 100 experts gathered to discuss optimal management of diabetes in pregnancy and plan the future direction of the society. A fantastic weekend was had by all and the meeting was opened by Senator Colm Burke who emphasised the importance of this area in terms of our population health.

The Atlantic DIP team are delighted at the success of our Seminar for Women with Diabetes that took place in Croi House today. Our fantastic group of attendees shared their experiences of diabetes and of pregnancy and our group of experts delivered excellent talks on various topics including care before and during pregnancy, diet, exercise, new technologies/research and breastfeeding.

Atlantic DIP are hosting a National Seminar for Women with Diabetes. This event is free to all women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy. It will be held on April 9th in Croi House Galway. All aspects of diabetes and pregnancy will be covered. We encourage you to register at

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