Does gestational diabetes increase the risk of obesity in childhood?

From: Diabetes Care

Journal rating:
rating: 99%
Study Quality:
rating: 55%
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
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Partcipants
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Participants/situation

  • 9,439 mother and child pairs.

Study

  • Gestational diabetes was diagnosed/treated using a 3-hourly 100-g oral glucose tolerance test.
  • Measured weight in offspring was taken 5–7 years later to calculate sex-specific weight-for-age percentiles.

Results

  • Childhood obesity at age 5–7 years increased across the range of increasing maternal glucose values.
  • Increasing hyperglycemia in pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of childhood obesity.
  • The results suggest that this risk is modifiable by treating gestational diabetes, as obesity risk was weakened after treatment in the gestational diabetes group.

Answer

  • Yes (with confidence)

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