Thursday, 15 May 2014

Researchers find gestational diabetes mellitus on the rise

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine's Catherine Chamberlain has co written a study which looks at the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) among Indigenous women in comparison with non-Indigenous Australian women between the years of 1990 and 2009. The study has found that GDM prevalence is increasing rapidly among Australian women and more than doubling in non-Indigenous women between 1990 and 2009.

The research shows that the prevalence is consistently higher in Indigenous women compared with non-Indigenous women, with statistically consistent differences between the groups in recent years. The study also notes that the marked increase in prevalence with age highlights an important period for prevention, particularly for Indigenous women.

Click here to red the full study

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