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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 139

Paternal diabetes screening: Obstetrician's novel and noble obligation to an unborn child

1 Alva's Health Centre, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India
2 Rathna Women's Clinic and Scanning Centre, Moodabidri, Karnataka, India

Date of Submission26-Oct-2021
Date of Acceptance20-Nov-2021
Date of Web Publication02-Mar-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sadananda B Naik
Alva's Health Centre, Moodabidri - 574 227, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_116_21

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Naik SB, Ramesha K. Paternal diabetes screening: Obstetrician's novel and noble obligation to an unborn child. APIK J Int Med 2022;10:139

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Naik SB, Ramesha K. Paternal diabetes screening: Obstetrician's novel and noble obligation to an unborn child. APIK J Int Med [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jun 29];10:139. Available from: https://www.ajim.in/text.asp?2022/10/2/139/338895


Type 2 diabetes mellitus often remains asymptomatic in its early stage and go on undiagnosed for several years. This could pose serious long-term complications such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, renal failure, retinopathy or peripheral vascular and neuropathies. Early detection and then prompt treatment of diabetes mellitus definitely reduces the risk for all these complications.[1]

In this regard, Rathna Women's clinic, Moodabidri, India, has shown a novel and noble obligation to the child yet to be born. The clinic adopted a protocol to test the blood sugar of the expectant father for routine diabetes mellitus screening and this is done quite meticulously. The expectant fathers were subjected to the diabetes screening as and when they accompanied their wives to the obstetric clinic during routine antenatal visits. This novel act has proved a real beneficial by detecting diabetes mellitus in as many as a dozen expectant fathers for the past 1 year. Prompt detection and later the treatment of diabetes in the father of the unborn child has long-term advantages as described and it also ensures the life of the child be secure and safe. The child's physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and moral growth depends on over health of the parents[2] and in the Indian scenario the father's health, who is considered as the head of the family and an important bread earner, cannot be ignored. However, we are yet to start a formal study on this novel idea and give data on the outcome of our clinical observation.

Over all life expectation, health of the parents is an important criterion while approving the child adaptation application by the needy couple. This is done to safe guard the child's right to have healthy parents. In the same way, now it is the time to recognize the rights of an unborn child to have healthy parents.

The obstetric societies across the globe should adopt guidelines to check the paternal health, in the same line as maternal health in the best interest of the unborn child.

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American Diabetes Association. Screening for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2004;27 Suppl 1:S11-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
Alstott AL. What does a fair society owe children – And their parents? Fordham Law Rev 2004;72:1941. Available from: https://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/flr/vol72/iss5/25. [Last accessed on 2021 Dec 28].  Back to cited text no. 2


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