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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) has become an increasing problem in NZ.

For example, research has shown us that rates of GDM have increased in recent years. GDM increases the risk of poorer pregnancy outcomes and future complications. Both mother and child are also at greater risk of type 2 diabetes in the future. Research has shown that if GDM is managed well during pregnancy many risks can be reduced. Futhermore, if women are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle after they give birth, they are less likely to develop GDM in future pregnancies and may delay or even stop the development of type 2 diabetes in the future. 

The DPT GDM project intends to focus on reducing the impact of GDM on mother and child. At the moment there are a number of projects underway, for example looking at ways of encouraging early screening for the development of type 2 diabetes, promoting early antenatal care of mothers in subsequent pregnancies, and supporting mothers and families to adopt health behaviours that reduce the risk of future type 2 diabetes and poor health outcomes. 

Please contact the Diabetes Projects Trust for more information on: gdm@dpt.org.nz

- GDM Registry development project

- After pregnancy intervention

- Post pregnancy prompt project

 

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