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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.
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About: Gestational diabetes may predispose children to diabetes
Date: 2 December 2004
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