Diabetes in pregnancy – more common than we think

Study of 23,000 women suggests number of mums-to-be who develop gestational diabetes is double what we think

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Twice as many mums-to-be develop diabetes in pregnancy than previously thought, a new international study has indicated, reports the Telegraph.

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Originally, it was believed that 5% to 8% of mums developed diabetes in pregnancy, or gestational diabetes. However, it seems that more than twice that number could actual suffer from the condition, with the study indicating it’s 16% of mums-to-be.

Diabetes in pregnancy may increase your chances of having a premature labour. It can also see the risk of pre-eclampsia rise.

Gestational diabetes is triggered by changes in certain hormones that affect how your body uses insulin. Typically, it develops in the second half of your pregnancy and goes away after birth.

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The study, which involved 23,000 women in nine countries, also discovered that blood sugar levels used to diagnoses the condition were set too high. Researchers have said doctors should be watchful for the condition.

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