Pregnancy weight linked to diabetes

Pregnancy weight linked to diabetes

Getting pregnant while overweight or obese could increase your child's risk of developing diabetes later in life.

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Diabetes UK have said that children born to women with gestational diabetes – as a result of pregnancy hormonal changes – were six times more likely to go on to develop type 2 diabetes themselves.

Gestational diabetes affects around one in five pregnancies – and the risks are higher for women that are overweight.

In a recent study, 31 per cent of teenagers whose mothers had gestational diabetes during pregnancy developed type 2 diabetes or had raised glucose levels.

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