Study Finds More Pregnant US Diabetics

Weight gain triggers type-2 'epidemic,' raises health issues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 1:23 PM CDT
Michelle Cangemi, a Type 1 diabetic who is 7 months pregnant with her second child, poses for a portrait with her daughter Marissa, 3, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 in Lynbrook, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – Diabetes among pregnant women has skyrocketed, a study finds, raising concerns for both mothers and children. In 1999-2005, the number of diabetic women giving birth more than doubled, the study found, and the number of diabetic teenage pregnancies rose five-fold. “These are high-risk pregnancies,” one doctor told USA Today. “All women with pre-existing diabetes need to plan their pregnancies.”

Researchers said the findings coincided with an “epidemic” of type 2 diabetes among an ever-fatter American public. “We're seeing more people who are overweight and obese, and that's a key risk factor for type 2 diabetes,” said the study’s lead author.