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Multiple miscarriages can increase a woman’s risk of diabetes by as much as 71%, research suggests

Multiple miscarriages can increase a woman’s risk of developing diabetes by 71%, a new study suggests

Women who have multiple miscarriages are at greater risk of developing diabetes, according to one study.

Those who had suffered one pregnancy loss were found to be 18 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to women who had never lost a baby.

Two miscarriages were linked to a 38 percent higher risk, and three miscarriages increased the odds by 71 percent.

The scientists were then able to calculate the probability of developing type 2 diabetes with varying numbers of miscarriages. Their findings are published in the journal Diabetologia [File photo]

The scientists were then able to calculate the probability of developing type 2 diabetes with varying numbers of miscarriages. Their findings are published in the journal Diabetologia [File photo]

The researchers suggested that women with three or more lost pregnancies should have their blood sugar levels checked more often, so that lifestyle advice can be offered to lower their risk and interventions can be applied early if diabetes develops.

The leader of the study, Dr. Pia Egerup, from the University Hospital of Copenhagen in Denmark, said, “We cannot rule out the possibility that the mental health problems associated with pregnancy loss may cause lifestyle changes that increase the Body Mass Index and thus the risk of type 2 diabetes.

“Our analysis correcting for obesity still showed a significant association between pregnancy loss and type 2 diabetes, with more losses leading to a higher risk.

Those who had suffered one pregnancy loss were found to be 18 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to women who had never lost a baby [File photo]

Those who had suffered one pregnancy loss were found to be 18 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to women who had never lost a baby [File photo]

Those who had suffered one pregnancy loss were found to be 18 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, compared to women who had never lost a baby [File photo]

“This indicated that the higher risk of type 2 diabetes in women with pregnancy losses cannot be explained by obesity alone.”

The researchers looked at more than 24,700 Danish women born between 1957 and 1997 who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 1977 and 2017. They also analyzed 247,740 women without diabetes as controls.

Each woman with diabetes was compared by year of birth and education level with ten control women without diabetes.

The scientists were then able to calculate the probability of developing type 2 diabetes with varying numbers of miscarriages. Their findings are published in the journal Diabetologia.

Dr. Egerup said, “Perhaps the same genetic background could lead to an increased risk for both.

‘Pregnancy loss can also cause an immunological cascade that could also lead to later type 2 diabetes.

“In addition, it is possible that prediabetic metabolic conditions – present prior to the diagnosis of diabetes – may influence the association.”

The researchers suggested that women with three or more lost pregnancies may have their blood sugar profiles checked more often, so lifestyle advice may be offered to lower their risk and interventions may be applied early as diabetes develops [File photo]

The researchers suggested that women with three or more lost pregnancies may have their blood sugar profiles checked more often, so lifestyle advice may be offered to lower their risk and interventions may be applied early as diabetes develops [File photo]

The researchers suggested that women with three or more lost pregnancies may have their blood sugar profiles checked more often, so lifestyle advice may be offered to lower their risk and interventions may be applied early as diabetes develops [File photo]

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