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Diabetes in pregnancy on the rise: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Apr. 4, 2014

Diabetes in pregnancy on the rise (Fotolia)


Diabetes in pregnancy is a growing concern, according to a new Canadian study that found the rate of both gestational diabetes (GDM) and pre-gestational diabetes (pre-GDM) has doubled over the past 14 years.

"By 2010, almost one in every 10 pregnant women over the age of 30 had diabetes in pregnancy," said study co-author Dr. Denice Feig, of Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital.

Babies of mothers with diabetes are at greater risk for serious congenital anomalies, which could include problems with their hearts or lungs, deformities or even perinatal death (either in the womb or within 28 days of birth).

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Feig and her team examined the records of more than one million women from Ontario aged 15 to 50 who'd delivered between 1996 and 2010 and found the risk was elevated two-fold for those who had diabetes before getting pregnant, and 26% higher for those who developed diabetes while pregnant, compared to those who did not have diabetes.

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