Gestational diabetes doubles risk for incident diabetes into young adulthood

Gestational diabetes doubles risk for incident diabetes into young adulthood (healio.com)

[Healio, 4/15/19]  Children of mothers with gestational diabetes are at higher risk for developing diabetes during childhood and adolescence than those born to mothers without the condition, according to findings presented in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“So very few young people will ever develop diabetes before 22 years of age, even if their mother had gestational diabetes,”

Kaberi Dasgupta, MD, MSc, associate professor of medicine and physician scientist at the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, told Endocrine Today. “However, if kids or young people develop some of the signs of diabetes (urinating a lot, being very thirsty, losing weight), they, their parents and their health care providers should consider the possibility of diabetes, particularly if their parents have diabetes or — as our study suggests — if their moms had gestational diabetes. In most cases, they won’t have diabetes, but it is important to consider as it is a diagnosis we don’t want to miss.”

Dasgupta and colleagues examined health administrative data and birth and death registries from Quebec and identified 36,590 women with gestational diabetes who gave birth between April 1990 and Dec. 31, 2007. These women and their children were matched to the same number of women without gestational diabetes who gave birth during the same period as identified by the health administrative and birth registry data. Children were then followed through March 2012………


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