Study Shows Baby's Gender Plays a Role in Predicting Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects about seven percent of all pregnancies. Generally risk factors include the mother's weight, genetic predisposition to diabetes and diet. Now a new link has been discovered-- the baby's sex.

The Findings

A study published in the "Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism" concluded that women pregnant with a boy are more likely to get gestational diabetes than those pregnant with a girl.
Women pregnant with a girl are less likely to get gestational diabetes; however, if the mother of a girl fetus does get gestational diabetes, she is more likely to progress to Type 2 diabetes than women who got gestational diabetes and had boys.

Other Factors

The study was conducted at the University of Toronto. Author Dr. Baiju Shah says that the sex of the fetus is a "previously unrecognized factor associated with the natural history of maternal diabetic risk both after delivery and in a subsequent pregnancy." This gives researchers a new factor to consider and explore.

But don't rely on what that sonogram reveals about the sex of your baby-- there are a number of different factors that come into play. If you feel you may be at risk for pregnancy diabetes, discuss it with your healthcare provider.

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