Gestational Diabetes Increased 35 Percent Over Nine Years
"Children of women with gestational diabetes are also more likely to be
premature, to have hypoglycemia, or to have severe jaundice at birth," says
lead author Dr Assiamira Ferrara, of Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research
in Oakland, California. "And the mothers who have GDM need closer monitoring
during their pregnancies to make sure no complications threaten their health
or the health of their children."
Dr Ferrara also found in her study that the incidence of the disease is increasing more rapidly in younger women. 17,000 women with GDM were studied in the northern California region of KP.
"What this means," says Dr Ferrara, "is that we need to work even harder
to ensure that every woman who is planning a pregnancy is at her healthiest.
While we didn't track body mass in these women, it's well known that GDM is
more likely to show up in a woman who is overweight or obese. If we can help
women keep their weight at healthy levels, and control their glycemic levels,
we may be able to stop what could otherwise be a rapid increase in the
incidence of diabetes in general."