Clinical usefulness of glycated albumin and glycated albumin-to-glycated hemoglobin ratio of gestational diabetes mellitus in late pregnancy for predicting infant complications

Sugawara, D.; Sato, H.; Makita, E.; Kuwata, T.; Takagi, K.; Ichihashi, K.

Pediatrics and Neonatology 63(3): 239-246


ISSN/ISBN: 2212-1692
PMID: 35185003
Accession: 079691133

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) with poorly controlled glycemia is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. However, adequate markers for glycemic control in GDM have not been fully evaluated. We retrospectively studied 77 patients with GDM and their infants. Mean glycated albumin (GA), glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and GA/HbA1c in GDM were compared between two groups stratified by the presence or absence of infant complications (complications or non-complications). We assessed the predictability of infant complications in GA, HbA1c, and GA/HbA1c of women with GDM by receiver operating characteristic analysis (ROC). In complications and non-complications, GA and GA/HbA1c were significantly associated with neonatal hypoglycemia (13.9% vs. 13.0%, p < 0.001 and 2.49 vs. 2.33, p < 0.001, respectively), respiratory disorders (13.7% vs. 13.2%, p = 0.013 and 2.48 vs. 2.34, p < 0.001, respectively), myocardial hypertrophy (14.5% vs. 13.0%, p < 0.001 and 2.59 vs. 2.33, p < 0.001, respectively), and large for gestational age (14.5% vs. 13.1%, p < 0.001 and 2.58 vs. 2.34, p < 0.001, respectively). Compared with each infant complication in ROC, GA and GA/HbA1c had higher area under the curve than HbA1c. Especially, GA and GA/HbA1c had highest AUC in predicting myocardial hypertrophy and large for gestational age (GA; 0.92 and 0.92, GA/HbA1c; 0.91 and 0.86, respectively). Although statistically significant positive correlations were found between GA and GA/HbA1c and the number of infant complications (GA: r = 0.417, p < 0.001; GA/HbA1c: r = 0.408, p < 0.001), their correlations were weak. Compared with HbA1c, GA and GA/HbA1c of GDM in late pregnancy might be useful for predicting infant complications arising from GDM.