Gestational diabetes on the rise

March 30, 2005 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Gestational diabetes on the rise

A recent study of more than 36,000 women in the US has found that the proportion of women who develop diabetes during pregnancy - that is, gestational diabetes - appears to be increasing. Researchers speculate that this increase is a reflection of the current obesity epidemic.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center examined trends in gestational diabetes in ethnically diverse women who gave birth to a single infant between 1994 and 2002. Researchers found that the proportion of women with gestational diabetes doubled over that period. According to researchers the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus has been increasing steadily over the past eight years, by about 12 percent each year.

Researchers conclude that future studies are needed to explore the reasons for this increase as well as the effects of this increase on the future generations.

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