On world diabetes day, health experts are warning a recent surge of gestational diabetes in pregnant women could start an influx of type two diabetes cases.
There’s expected to be 500,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the next 10 years, making it the fastest growing type of diabetes across the country.
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when blood glucose levels are higher than normal during early pregnancy, this normally disappears once the mother gives birth.
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However, the illness can spark type two diabetes.
Type two diabetes can cause problems with internal organs and increase the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.
Endocrinologist at the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospital, Professor Alison Nankervis, said short-term complications of the illness can be serious for pregnant mothers.
“The abnormal blood glucose levels can affect both the mother and baby,” Professor Nankervis told MyGC.
“The condition makes pregnancy higher risk for both, babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to be born prematurely or via C-section, or have … a range of other complications.
To help avoid gestational diabetes mothers are recommended to maintain a healthy weight before pregnancy.