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Study examines trends in gestational, pre-existing diabetes in US

The prevalence of gestational diabetes among US women with live births rose slightly from 5.2% in 2012 to 5.6% in 2016 after adjusting for age and race/ethnicity, while the prevalence for pre-existing diabetes remained stable at 0.8%, according to data published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers analyzed birth data from the National Vital Statistics System and found the lowest prevalence of gestational diabetes in the District of Columbia at 3.4% and the highest in South Dakota at 9.2%, while California had the lowest pre-existing diabetes prevalence at 0.5% and West Virginia had the highest at 1.7%.

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