Adverse effects of gestational diabetes in the baby:
- Macrosomia (babies who are heavy at birth and have complications)
- Hypoglycaemia of the baby at the time of birth
- High risk of suffering from type 2 diabetes throughout their life
- Greater probability of suffering from jaundice (yellow colouring due to excess bilirubin in the blood)
- Increases the risk of the baby dying in childbirth
Patia and our collaborators have identified genetic variants that warn us of susceptibility to develop gestational diabetes. Different environmental and behavioural factors also intervene in diabetes, but discovering this genetic risk can be very important in avoiding complications for the mother and baby.
GDMpredict allows us to identify those women with an elevated genetic risk of developing gestational diabetes. This is very useful for the doctor to be able to offer an appropriate intervention which minimises the chance of development gestational diabetes and its adverse effects for the woman and the foetus.
What does GDMpredict?
GDMpredict identifies polymorphisms (SNPs) in certain genes that have been associated with an elevated risk of suffering gestational diabetes.
When should I do the GDMpredict?
GDMpredict is for women who are planning a pregnancy or for pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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