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Gestational Diabetes can seed diabetes in children


A new study claims that mothers who suffer from gestational diabetes, are more likely to pass on the ailment to their children.

Early detection of is important in children and youth since a quarter of them are diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis- a potentially life-threatening complication of the disease, it said.

The study was published in CMAJ (Journal).

"Although type 1 and type 2 in parents are well-established risk factors for diabetes, we show that gestational mellitus may be a risk indicator for diabetes in the mother's children before age 22," says Dr. Kaberi Dasgupta

The study compared mothers with and without And the result revealed that a child or teen whose mother had the condition was nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes before the age of 22 years.

"This link of diabetes in children and youth with in the mother has the potential to stimulate clinicians, parents, and children and youth themselves to consider the possibility of diabetes if offspring of a mother with mellitus develop signs and symptoms such as frequent urination, abnormal thirst, weight loss or fatigue," says Dr. Dasgupta.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 13:40 IST