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Gestational diabetes may predispose children to diabetes

The prevalence of gestational diabetes is increasing. This is a concern because researchers have discovered that children of mothers who had gestational diabetes face a three times higher risk of developing diabetes than siblings who were born before their mother had the condition. This makes it a stronger association than genetic factors of inheritance. Survey results show that 3.1% of Pakeha and 8.3% of Maori's have diabetes and it costs New Zealand $340 million annually.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Stuff

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About: Gestational diabetes may predispose children to diabetes

Date: 2 December 2004

Source: Stuff

URL: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3115749a7144,00.html

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