Neuherberg - researchers at the have developed test to predict the likelihood of developing diabetes after pregnancy. Her work has been published in the journal Acta Diabetologica (doi :).
Gestational diabetes is one of the most common comorbidities during pregnancy. Although symptoms usually go away after delivery, gestational diabetics have an increased risk of developing diabetes in the following years.
For their study, the scientists examined the data of 257 cases of gestational diabetes that occurred between 1989 and were recorded in 1999 and followed over period of 20 years after delivery. 110 of the women observed developed what is known as postpartum diabetes during this period.
“In our calculation, the body plays role Mass index (BMI) and hereditary predisposition play role, as well as the question of whether the mother had breastfed the child and whether her gestational diabetes had to be treated with insulin, ”explains Meike Köhler, first author of the study.
Using these parameters, the researchers were able to introduce points system with which they can predict the likelihood of postpartum diabetes. If the calculated value was in the lower range, the probability of developing diabetes within five years after delivery was around eleven percent, whereas with the highest point values it was over 80 percent.
"The test we developed is very easy to use and could in future serve as predictive model for postpartum diabetes in the clinic, ”said the study director and institute director Anette-Gabriele Ziegler.