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Gestational diabetes (Babysteps study)

Walking away after gestational diabetes (Babysteps study)

What we are doing:

We are developing and implementing face-to-face and online education programmes which meet the social and cultural needs of women with a history of gestational diabetes. Hospital and primary care databases will be used to identify women with a history of gestational diabetes. The women who take part will be randomly allocated to usual care or to the study intervention.

Why are we doing it:

Women with gestational diabetes have a two-fold increase in risk of pre-eclampsia and at least a seven-fold increase risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Observational evidence suggests a healthy lifestyle is associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes.

What the benefits will be:

Women's contributions to the study will enable us to evaluate the education programme and contribute to future care for women who have had diabetes in pregnancy. Women will benefit from a free health assessment and physical activity advice.

Who we are working with:

This is a joint project of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands and the NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). This project will be conducted in conjunction with the NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit.

Study lead:

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester


Carol Akroyd