Insulin-treated gestational diabetes incidence

Gestational diabetes is a transient form of diabetes where higher than normal blood glucose is first diagnosed in pregnancy. While it usually alleviates after pregnancy, gestational diabetes increases the risk that both the mother and the baby may develop type 2 diabetes later in life; particularly when the mother has used insulin during pregnancy.

In 2016:

  • 8,049 women began using insulin to manage gestational diabetes —137 cases per 100,000 women of reproductive age (15–49 years) or around 1 in every 700 women.
  • Number of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes requiring insulin treatment increased with age, peaking among those aged 30–34.