A new study suggests that babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to have increased body fat during early life. At two months of age, these babies had 16% more body fat than babies of mothers who did not have the disorder. This finding differs from their body fat at birth, as fat levels in each group were about equal at that time.
Gestational diabetes is becoming increasingly common, and babies that are born to these mothers are at a heightened risk of developing diabetes themselves during adulthood. Therefore, it is crucial for researchers to study further exactly how maternal diabetes can affect children.
These findings were published in Diabetes Care on May 12, 2016.