Depressed expectant mothers three times more likely to develop gestational diabetes

In a new study, researchers have revealed that women who are depressed in their pregnancy are three times more likely to develop gestational diabetes later on. While pregnant women with high blood pressure are at four times greater risk of suffering from blues after giving birth to child. The study has found an interlink between depression and diabetes.

“Our data suggest that depression and gestational diabetes may occur together,” said lead researcher Stefanie Hinkle. “Until we learn more, physicians may want to consider observing pregnant women with depressive symptoms for signs of gestational diabetes.” In addition, physicians might also check for symptoms of depression among women who have had gestational diabetes.

Gestational diabetes occurs only in a case where pregnant woman’s body becomes incapable of producing insulin to meet the daily requirement in the case of pregnancy. It has a negative impact on both — mother and child.

In some cases where the disease is left undiagnosed and untreated then it might lead to pre-eclampsia and raises the chance of having to have a Caeserean section. Researchers say both mother and child can develop full-blown diabetes anytime later in life.

In the report, study authors revealed that over 1,20,000 pregnant women each year in England itself suffer from similar condition and live with increased diabetes risk for entire life.

For the study, researchers observed 2,800 expectant mothers and after giving birth to a child. All volunteers were asked several questions for a period of six weeks after birth and based on their answers study authors concluded that depression is linked with gestational diabetes in pregnancy.

For women those who have had gestational diabetes before pregnancy had developed depression after giving birth. However, a larger study with clinical trials is required to confirm the find.

The study appeared in the journal Diabetologia.

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