Teen births associated with later diabetes

The Korean study in 5000 postmenopausal women showed 24% of women who had their first child at age 19 or younger had diabetes, compared with 17% of women aged 20–24, 11% of women aged 25–29 and 11% of women aged 30 or older.

Only the teen years at first childbirth remained significantly associated with diabetes after adjusting for age, lifestyle, diabetes risk factors and other reproductive factors.

Age at first childbirth was not associated with impaired fasting glucose.

Diabetes Care 2013; online 15 Nov