Gestational diabetes cases rapidly increasing

The rate of gestational diabetes in Australian has risen across the board but has almost doubled in non-indigenous women, new research shows.

The retrospective study of women who gave birth in Australia between 1999 and 2009 found the prevalence of GDM among non-indigenous women was 3.06% in 1990-99 and 4.54% in 2000-2009.

For Indigenous women the figures were 4.74% and 5.10% across both decades, the figures showed. 

After adjusting for age the researchers found non-indigenous women had a significantly higher prevalence of gestational diabetes at all time points.