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Gestational diabetes cases rapidly increasing

Date posted: 6 May 2014

The rate of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Australia has risen across the board but has almost doubled in non-Indigenous women, new research shows.

The retrospective study of women who gave birth in Australia between 1999 and 2009 found the prevalence of GDM among non-Indigenous women was 3.06% in 1990-99 and 4.54% in 2000-2009.

For Indigenous women the figures were 4.74% in 1991-99 and 5.10% in 2000-2009.

After adjusting for age the researchers found Indigenous women had a significantly higher prevalence of GDM at all time points. 

GDM prevalence increased significantly with age among both groups of women, with a steeper age-related increase among Indigenous women.

Source: Endocrinology update


Last updated: 2 June 2014
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