Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Scary Statistics

According to an article in Diabetes Care the number of pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes has doubled in just 6 years.

This was no small study either. The study looked at 175,249 women ages 13-58 years with 209,287 deliveries of 20 weeks gestation from 1999 through 2005.

Back in 1999 only 10% of children born to diabetic mothers were born to moms with pre-existing diabetes (90% were in moms who developed gestational, or during pregnancy, diabetes). By 2005, that number climbed to 21%.

Even more alarming?

The number of diabetic teenagers giving birth rose more than 5 fold.

Yup, diabetic teenagers.

We sure can't call it "adult-onset" any longer. Perhaps we should call it "nutritional" or "weight-related" diabetes?

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1 comment:

  1. I have really enjoyed your blog since discovering it a few weeks ago. Thanks for your insightful and well-reasoned thoughts.

    This has really been hitting the news in the States this week. I read the abstract but have not seen the actual study yet. So, GDM has been stable but pre-existing DM has increased. I wonder if they identified the change in prevalence between Type I/juvenile/insulin-dependent and Type II/adult/non-insulin-dependent. It would be interesting to know if this change purely reflects fat teens getting pregnant or if better insulin control has allowed more Type IIs to become pregnant.