Conference: Women with gestational diabetes lack advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle after giving birth

​The Danish Diabetes Academy (DDA) and the Prevention Research Group at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) recently held a one-day seminar on the prevention of type 2 diabetes in woman who have suffered from gestational diabetes.

About 100 participants attended for the seminar entitled "What happens after a gestational diabetes mellitus pregnancy?” arranged by the Danish Diabetes Academy, Helle Terkildsen Maindal, head of research and Karoline Kragelund, postdoc from the Prevention Research Group at SDCC, together with other experts in the field.

Within ten years after giving birth, half of the women who have suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy will develop type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes therefore has a long-term impact on health, which Professor Peter Damm from Rigshospitalet talked about in his presentation.

Professor David Mcintyre from DDA followed suit by talking about these women's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Postdoc Louise Grunnet and Professor Kaberi Dasgupta gave a presentation on how children and fathers are also at risk of developing obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Pia Bøhlers Larsen, who developed gestational diabetes in all three of her pregnancies, also took part in the seminar. After each birth, Ms Larsen experienced that she did not receive guidance on how to prevent type 2 diabetes.

"And women with gestational diabetes experience barriers to treatment, and especially help to maintain a healthy lifestyle after giving birth," said Ms Kragelund, who presented results from her own, primarily qualitative research, and other evidence in the field.

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