September 29, 2017 By Elizabeth McCammon
Could gestational diabetes be predicted from childhood?

Girls who have their first menstrual period before age 11 are 50 per cent more likely to develop gestational diabetes compared to those who have their first period at age 13. This is the finding of a study by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia who looked at data from more than 4,700 women.

Like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes—which affects between three and 20 per cent of pregnancies—carries both behavioural and genetic risk factors. Read more from this research news story now. Click here for other Diabetes Dialogue articles. Subscribe now for just $24, and have each issue delivered directly to your inbox!

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