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Gestational diabetes now fastest growing type of diabetes in Australia

Date posted: 15 November 2017

Yesterday on World Diabetes Day, health experts highlighted the significant increase in gestational diabetes which in the past 12 months has affected 38,000 Australian women during pregnancy.

'In the last ten years, more than 200,000 women have developed gestational diabetes. Latest projections show that over the next decade more than 500,000 women could develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy,' said Professor Greg Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Diabetes Australia.

Gestational diabetes is now the fastest growing type of diabetes in Australia.

'Importantly, gestational diabetes poses a dual threat: firstly, without appropriate management and care, it can be a serious risk to mother and baby during the pregnancy, and secondly it poses a serious future risk for both mother and baby developing type 2 diabetes and other health issues,' he said.

'After gestational diabetes, women are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and children born to mothers who have gestational diabetes are also at an increased risk of being overweight or obese, or developing type 2 diabetes later in life.'

'The alarming increase in number of women developing gestational diabetes presents an intergenerational diabetes issue and threatens to make the type 2 diabetes epidemic even bigger in future,' Professor Johnson said.

'Our latest projections suggest that gestational diabetes could trigger over 250,000 women to develop type 2 diabetes or prediabetes in the coming decade.'

Source: Diabetes Australia

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Last updated: 15 November 2017
 
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