Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes

Yet another reason to take care of yourself before becoming pregnant……….

In a recent issue of Diabetes Care , researchers looked at the prevalence of diabetes in women. In their study, they followed over 175 thousand women who had given birth during the years of 1999 and 2005. What they found was that pre-existing diabetes; either type 1 or type 2 had been diagnosed in 1.3 percent of all the women in the focus group. This is twice of what had been in the past. Also, the number of women with pre-existing diabetes actually increased with each consecutive year. For example, in 1999, the rate was .81 per 100 births. However by 2005, it was 1.82 per 100 births.

Interestingly, the rates of gestational diabetes did not follow suit. Of all the women suffering from diabetes during pregnancy, 21 percent were pre-existing and 79 percent were gestational. A few years prior it was 10 percent pre-existing and 90 percent gestational.

Researchers believe that these findings support the theory that there are more overweight women becoming pregnant. If the trend continues, the number of women entering into pregnancy with diabetes would continue to rise as well.

Unfortunately, having diabetes while pregnant increases the risk miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects, giving birth to bigger babies and having tougher deliveries.

So it once again hits home that we need to be healthy and take care of ourselves, especially if we are planning on becoming pregnant!

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