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Vol. 51, No. 3, 2001
Issue release date: April 2001
Gynecol Obstet Invest 2001;51:160–164
(DOI:10.1159/000052916)

Maternal and Paternal Family History of Diabetes in Women with Gestational Diabetes or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes mellitus Type I

Harder T. · Franke K. · Kohlhoff R. · Plagemann A.
aInstitute of Experimental Endocrinology, Humboldt University Medical School (Charité), Berlin, and bClinic of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Berlin-Kaulsdorf, Germany

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Abstract

Animal studies have shown that prenatal exposure to a diabetic intrauterine milieu leads to an increased risk in the female offspring of developing gestational diabetes (GD). In the present study, the family history of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type II (NIDDM) and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type I (IDDM) was evaluated in 106 women with GD, as compared to 189 women with IDDM. In GD patients, the prevalence of diabetes was significantly greater in mothers than in fathers (p = 0.03). This was mainly due to a greater prevalence of NIDDM in the mothers (p = 0.05). Furthermore, a significant aggregation of NIDDM was also observed in the maternal-grandmaternal line of GD women, as compared to the paternal-grandpaternal side (p = 0.02). In patients with IDDM no significant difference concerning the prevalence of any type of diabetes between mothers and fathers was observed. In conclusion, an aggregation of NIDDM in mothers and grandmothers of women with GD is reported here. A history of NIDDM on the maternal side of pregnant women should be considered as a particular risk factor for GD and, hence, for intergenerative transmission of NIDDM, which therefore might be prevented, at least in part, by strict avoidance of GD.



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