Indian pregnant women face acute diabetes mellitus threat

July 18, 2016 3:16 pm
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The incidence of diabetes mellitus, a chronic, lifelong condition that affects the body’s ability to use the energy found in food, is likely to increase 79.4 million in India, a 15 per cent increase from the current 31.7 million. According to doctors, pregnant women of today’s era are highly prone to suffer from Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), if they have obesity before marriage and also are above 25 years of age.

Gestational diabetes is likely to be affecting women most as the burden of diabetes on women is unique, because it can affect both mothers and their unborn children. According to AIIMS, Gestational Diabetes has increased by 16 to 27 per cent in several race, ethnicity groups during the past 20 years.

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