A new study just released Monday shows an alarming trend: researchers at 11 Kaiser Permanente Hospitals reviewed the records of more than 175 thousand pregnant women and found that the rate of diabetes in women of childbearing age has doubled in the last six years and they are blaming the nation's obesity epidemic.
Dr. Jean Lawrence, a Kaiser Permanente Research Scientist, says, "For type 2 diabetes, it's most commonly been linked to overweight and obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. About half of African American women and 40% of Hispanic women are obese."
This is scary news for young women because diabetes can trigger serious complications in a pregnancy, including a higher risk of miscarriage, stillbirths, and babies born with birth defects.
The study looked at every age, race, and ethnic group. Researchers say the biggest concern came in pregnant teenagers, because that group saw a 500% increase in diabetes rates in just six years.