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Gestational Diabetes: a growing problem

Gestational Diabetes: a growing problem

Gestational diabetes (GD) is a growing problem among Australian women. Around 5% of women aged 15 to 49 years were diagnosed with GD in 2005-6, an increase of over 20% since 2000-01.1

Risk factors

The risk increases with age from 1% among 15 to 19-year olds to 13% among women aged 44 to 49 years and is 1.5 times higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women than among other Australian women. Women born overseas are twice as likely to develop GD than women born in Australia, with the incidence being highest among women born in Southern Asia—at least 3.4 times the rate of women born in Australia.1

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