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Trends in the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus in southern Sweden, 2003-2012.

  • Claes Ignell
  • Rickard Claesson
  • Eva Anderberg
  • Kerstin Berntorp
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 420-424
Publication/Series: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume: 93
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

There is accumulating evidence that gestational diabetes (GDM) is a growing problem. The lack of internationally standardized diagnostic procedures prevents consistent diagnosis and the burden of GDM must be determined in country-specific studies. In southern Sweden, GDM is defined as a 2-hour capillary plasma glucose concentration of ≥10.0 mmol/L during a universal 75 g oral glucose tolerance test. We report the crude prevalence of GDM during the years 2003-2012. Of 156 144 women who gave birth, 2.2% were diagnosed with GDM. When the effect of time on the prevalence of GDM was assessed in a log-linear Poisson model, an overall increase in prevalence of 35% was predicted, corresponding to an average annual increase of 3.4%. Predicted prevalence was 1.9 (95% CI 1.8-2.0) in 2003 and 2.6 (2.4-2.7) in 2012 (p<0.0001). Due to a simultaneous rise in birth rate, the number of women diagnosed with GDM increased by 64%. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine


  • Genomics, Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • ISSN: 1600-0412
E-mail: rickard [dot] claesson [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se


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