Friday, May 6, 2016

More than 15% expectant mums in #B'luru are #Diabetic

A recent study in Bengaluru by the Asian Research and Training Institute for Skill Transfer (ARTIST) found more than 15% of pregnant women affected by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), even without a diabetic family history in case of some patients.

'This pregnancy-induced diabetes is seen more in urban areas compared to rural areas,' said Dr Shubha Rama Rao, head of OBG department at St Martha's Hospital. She sees at least 20 to 25 expecting mothers with gestational diabetes out of the 250 patients who visit her every week. Another 25% are inflicted with known diabetes, she added.

It mostly happens due to undisciplined lifestyle, improper diet and lack of exercise before and during pregnancy.

Dr Vidya Desai Mohan, senior gynaecologist at Manipal Hospitals, said, "The hormonal changes in the body make pregnant women easily get diabetes. Women who have the tendency to get diabetes or who are in the borderline will get diabetes easily at this juncture. If they don't change their lifestyle, particularly their diet, it may become uncontrolled. In the last decade there has been a significant increase in the cases of pregnancy induced diabetes."