Diabetes in Pregnancy: Worldwide Perspective

  • I-Lynn Lee
  • Louise Maple-BrownEmail author
Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)


Diabetes in pregnancy (DIP) is a common complication of pregnancy and its global prevalence is increasing, due to increase in both obesity rates and childbearing age. This is of concern as DIP is associated with worse perinatal outcomes for both mother and baby. There are also long-term outcomes for the offspring including increased risk of obesity and diabetes in their adolescence and adulthood. This review highlights the methodological challenges in estimating the global prevalence of gestational diabetes and its trends and population groups that are at risk of DIP. In addition the review discusses the increasing burden of type 2 diabetes in pregnancy and its complications, the importance of pre-conception counselling in women with pre-existing diabetes, and the challenges in management of this condition.


Gestational diabetes Diabetes in pregnancy Prevalence Trends Pre-conception counselling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic DiseaseMenzies School of Health ResearchTiwiAustralia
  2. 2.Western Health Department of Diabetes and EndocrinologySt. AlbansAustralia
  3. 3.Wellbeing and Preventable Chronic DiseaseMenzies School of Health ResearchCasuarinaAustralia
  4. 4.Division of MedicineRoyal Darwin HospitalTiwiAustralia

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