Di­a­betes dur­ing preg­nancy raises risk of post­par­tum de­pres­sion

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Ges­ta­tional di­a­betes mel­li­tus (GDM) refers to im­paired glu­cose me­tab­o­lism dur­ing preg­nancy. This con­di­tion in­creases the new mother’s risk of de­vel­op­ing post­par­tum de­pres­sion symp­toms, shows a new Fin­nish study re­port. Moth­ers with GDM of­ten have very high blood glu­cose lev­els, and this in­creases the risk of var­i­ous ad­verse ef­fects on the foe­tus. More­over, GDM in­creases the mother’s risk of de­vel­op­ing type2 di­a­betes later in life.

Post­par­tum de­pres­sion symp­toms are ex­pe­ri­enced by 10-15 per cent of moth­ers after child­birth. The new find­ings, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Af­fec­tive Disor­ders, showed post­par­tum de­pres­sion symp­toms ob­served in 16 per cent of moth­ers di­ag­nosed with GDM, and in ap­prox­i­mately nine per cent of moth­ers with­out GDM.

The study used 1,066 moth­ers as sub­jects that had no pre­vi­ous men­tal health is­sues.

Re­search ev­i­dence is scarce re­gard­ing the pos­si­ble ef­fects of GDM on post­par­tum de­pres­sion symp­toms, and the new Fin­nish study is an es­sen­tial con­tri­bu­tion to this emerg­ing area of re­search.

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