Gaining Weight After Pregnancy Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A new study has indicated that obese women that become diabetic during pregnancy and gain weight after the birth of 11 pounds or more have a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes that is 40 times higher.


Diabetes develops during pregnancy and is known as gestational diabetes. Often, this type of diabetes does not remain after diabetes. However, having gestational diabetes has been known to result in a higher Type 2 diabetes risk later on in life.


Type 2 diabetes has been associated with being overweight and can lead to serious complications including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. The lead researcher on the study, Dr. Cuilin Zhang, says that the study indicates why it is essential to maintain a healthy body. Dr. Cuilin is a senior investigator in the epidemiology branch at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study was published to the March 18th edition of Diabetologia.


The study looked at roughly 1,700 women that took part in the Diabetes & Women’s Health Study. The study followed women between the years 1991 and 2001. The researchers found that over the course of the study the women that were obese before pregancy and gained weight after pregnancy had a risk that was 43 times higher when compared to women that were not obese and gained fewer than 11 pounds. Being overweight, according to diabetes researchers puts women at a higher risk of developing diabetes later on in life.

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