The increasing prevalence of diabetes in pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2007 Jun;34(2):173-99, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2007.03.002.


The authors review studies published in the past 10 years that examine the prevalence and trends in the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The prevalence of GDM in a population is reflective of the prevalence of type 2 diabetes within that population. In low-risk populations, such as those found in Sweden, the prevalence in population-based studies is lower than 2% even when universal testing is offered, whereas studies in high-risk populations, such as the Native American Cree, Northern Californian Hispanics, and Northern Californian Asians, reported prevalence rates ranging from 4.9% to 12.8%. Prevalence rates for GDM obtained from hospital-based studies similarly reflect the risk of type 2 diabetes in a population with a single hospital-based study in Australia reporting prevalences ranging from 3.0% in Anglo-Celtic women to 17.0% in Indian women. Finally, of the eight studies published that report on trends in the prevalence of GDM, six report an increase in the prevalence of GDM across most racial/ethnic groups studied. In summary, diabetes during pregnancy is a common and increasing complication of pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes, Gestational / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes, Gestational / epidemiology*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Mass Screening / standards
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Prevalence