According to studies, a pregnant woman who has gestational diabetes is more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. In a new study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, researchers have unveiled findings that suggest pregnant people who do not have diabetes but deliver a large-for-gestational age baby are at an increased risk of developing prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes 10-14 years later. Data revealed that 10 to 14 years after giving birth, 20 per cent (791 people) were diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes and that the frequency of prediabetes or diabetes was higher among people who had an LGA birth (24.8 per cent) compared to those who had an SGA birth (15.4 per cent) or even more importantly, those who had an AGA birth (19.7 per cent). Researchers suggest that pregnant people should be made aware of the potential long-term health consequences of giving birth to an LGA infant even if they do not have gestational diabetes.
Today: December 1, 2023