Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care



“Exploring the Long-Term Outcomes Following a Pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus”

Principal investigators: Dr Shoba Poduval and Dr Jamie Ross
Research Fellow: Dr Amanda Moore

Start date: 1 October 2021
End date: 31 September 2023

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What is the study?

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth. It can happen at any stage of pregnancy but is more common in the second or third trimester. It’s important to manage it during pregnancy and after birth to try and prevent it from progressing to type 2 diabetes.

We have interviewed women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes within the last 24 months. In addition to learning about the screening and diagnosis process, we wanted to explore women’s motivations and opportunities for making lifestyle changes to manage their gestational diabetes and prevent it from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Our data collection and analysis and now complete and we are working on sharing our results.

The findings from this study will inform future research on the development of new interventions to prevent and treat gestational diabetes.

About the research team

The study is being conducted by University College London and is funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. The Principal Investigators for this interview study are from the Department of Primary Care and Population Health at University College London: Dr Shoba Poduval, is a GP academic and Dr Jamie Ross a Senior Research Fellow. The research is being carried by Research Fellow Dr Amanda Moore.

You can contact the research team via email here:  elope-gdm@ucl.ac.uk

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