Gestational diabetes is on the rise

Australian data a reflection of changes in diagnostic criteria and management: AIHW

The rate of gestational diabetes has trebled in the past 16 years with one in seven women now diagnosed with the disease.

Pregnant woman

The findings come from a Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study that collated data from the National Hospital Morbidity database to measure trends associated with the disease between 2000 and 2017.

It found 15% of women were diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2017 compared with just 5% in 2000. 

The steep increase took