Gestational diabetes has traditionally been defined as any degree of glucose intolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is a common condition, and up to 18 in every 100 women giving birth in England and Wales may be affected1. New studies show that gestational diabetes affects 1 in every 10 pregnancies in the United States annually2.
Gestational diabetes is also becoming more common as a result of higher rates of obesity and poor physical activity in the general population and more pregnancies in older women.
Gestational diabetes is a huge problem and women do not receive adequate support after birth.
Gestational diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes: up to 7 in 10 women diagnosed with gestational diabetes develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years of the birth. It is clear that gestational diabetes confers a lifelong increased risk for the development of diabetes, and in most cases, this turns out to be type 2 diabetes. However, women do not receive sufficient support after
The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognizes that there is an urgent need to investigate what interventions may delay or prevent type 2 diabetes developing in this high-risk population of women.
How can we help each other?
Our mission is to prevent the progression of gestational diabetes into type 2 diabetes
We are developing a diabetes prevention programme targeting women in the first postnatal year. Every woman by joining the programme can help us learn more about this condition.
We can develop better solutions together…