Gestational Diabetes Alert for Tots and Mothers

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Gestational Diabetes Alert for Tots and Mothers


CHILDREN born to women with gestational diabetes are six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life, a leading charity has warned.

Diabetes UK claims a rise in gestational diabetes rates could cause a "health time bomb" in the future because children will be at a greater risk of developing health problems such as heart disease and kidney failure.

The charity has urged women to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy to give their baby the best chance of avoiding the condition in later life.

While some family history plays a role, part of it is also likely to be caused by a mother's high blood glucose levels, which affect the baby's early-life nutrition.

Women with gestational diabetes are also seven times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in later life. About 5% of pregnant women in the UK - around 35,000 women - are diagnosed with gestational diabetes each year.

New diagnosis guidelines, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) earlier this year, are likely to see even more women being diagnosed with the condition following the introduction of a lower threshold (measuring blood glucose levels) for diagnosing the condition.

There are other risk factors for gestational diabetes, which include having gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy or having had a baby that weighed over 10lb (4. …

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