More Women Are Entering Pregnancy with Diabetes

April 28, 2008 01:58 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Contracting diabetes before pregnancy carries a number of risks, and a new study of nearly 200,000 women suggests the prevalence of the condition has doubled.

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The number of women who had diabetes before getting pregnant doubled between 1999 and 2005, according to a Kaiser Permanente study involving nearly 200,000 women.

“More young women are entering their reproductive years with diabetes, in part due to the fact that our society has become more overweight and obese,” said the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Jean Lawrence, in Medical News Today.

A woman and her baby face more risks if she has diabetes before becoming pregnant than if she develops gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Babies developing in women with uncontrolled type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for birth defects, miscarriage and being extra large when born, according to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. There are also risks later on: “A large baby born to a woman with diabetes might have a greater chance of being obese and/or developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.”

Type 2 diabetes and obesity are related
, according to the Obesity Action Coalition. 

“The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is three to seven times higher in those who are obese than in normal weight adults,” write Joanne Rogers, a clinical nurse specialist in Pennsylvania, and Dr. Christopher Still, a member of the coalition’s board of directors.

Headline Link: Spike in number of pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes

Related Topics: Diabetes and its effects on pregnancy

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