Research Group: Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a complication occurring in more than 13% of all pregnancies in Germany and is associated with short and long-term complications in mothers and their offspring.

Women with a history of gestational diabetes are at increased risk to develop type 2 diabetes postpartum. We identified several risk predictors for postpartum development – among those insulin treatment during pregnancy was associated with the highest risk while lactation for more than 3 months protected women with GDM from long-term diabetes development.

We are further investigating the effect of gestational diabetes and other adverse exposures in utero on health development of the offspring.

As a partner of several European consortia (Horizon 2020 funded DynaHEALTH project, JPI A Healthy Diet for A Healthy Life) we are particularly focusing on molecular mechanisms that may underlie long-term programming of diabetes and obesity in both, mothers with GDM and their offspring.

The ultimate goal of our research is the development of preventive strategies for women with GDM and their offspring on healthy 

Contact person: PD Dr. oec. troph. Sandra Hummel 
Phone: +49 89 3187-2306