According to a new study conducted by a team from the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, there is a connection between diabetes in young children and Maternal gestational diabetes that some women face during pregnancy.
The research was posted together with the results in the journal of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). According to the study, any indication of maternal diabetes should initiate an early search for diabetes in the newly born to prevent and further complications.
Diabetes in young age can be very critical and dangerous, causing ketoacidosis which could be fatal. The study led by Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta which is a clinician-scientist, included almost 73,180 mothers. He commented on his results saying, “Although type 1 and type 2 diabetes in parents are well-established risk factors for diabetes, we show that gestational diabetes mellitus may be a risk indicator for diabetes in the mother’s children before age 22. This link of diabetes in children and youth with gestational diabetes in the mother has the potential to stimulate clinicians, parents, and children and youth themselves to consider the possibility of diabetes.”
Results show that out of the sample taken showed that out of every 10,000 people who have diabetes per year, 5 children were affected by diabetes due to the maternal gestational diabetes. These children who their mothers faced gestational diabetes were more likely to have diabetes before the age of 22.