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Filipino and Korean Women Face High Risk of Diabetes During Pregnancy

Asian Journal , Posted: Dec 24, 2009

LAS VEGAS -- Filipino and Korean women have a very high risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy, which may lead to childbirth complications, a recent study showed.

"Filipinos and Koreans had the highest prevalence of GDM (gestational diabetes mellitus)," according to the Kaiser Permanente study, which appeared in the December issue of Ethnicity and Disease. While the study did not include the reasons or causes of GDM prevalence, its lead author said that it has "important implications for diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes."

"All pregnant women and their caregivers need to be educated about gestational diabetes, but it is especially important for women in these ethnic groups at higher risk." Kathryn Pedula, who is a researcher at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said.

Untreated gestational diabetes mellitus can lead to serious pregnancy and birthing complications, including early delivery and C-sections, the study stated. It can also increase the childs risk of developing obesity later in life.

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