New study inviting pregnant women in Queensland with one or more common gestational diabetes risk factors

New study inviting pregnant women in Queensland with one or more common gestational diabetes risk factors

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Posted 2023-05-03 by Becfollow
The study will trial a new, innovative approach for preventing gestational diabetes.

The University of Queensland invites pregnant women with one or more risk factors for gestational diabetes to take part in a groundbreaking, state-wide research study.

The Healthy Gut Diet study aims to investigate how a healthy diet may reduce the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). The study is designed with busy mums in mind and is delivered virtually.



Queensland Advancing Clinical Research Fellow Dr Nina Meloncelli and University of Queensland PhD candidate Hannah O’Conner are seeking women who are less than 18 weeks gestation and who have one or more common gestational diabetes risk factors to participate in the study.

The risk factors include:
  • Previous gestational diabetes mellitus history,
  • A baby who weighed more than 4000g at birth,
  • A first degree relative with type 2 or gestational diabetes,
  • Or a pre-pregnancy body mass index greater than 25.

  • Gestational diabetes is one of the most common pregnancy disorders, affecting 1 in 7 Queensland women. The more researchers can learn about the common risk factors, the more they can help lower this huge number.



    Dr Meloncelli, a two times GDM mum herself, said recent evidence has shown that women with gestational diabetes have a different gut microbiome to women without gestational diabetes.

    “In fact, their gut microbiome is more similar to the non-pregnant population with type 2 diabetes,” she said.

    “This led us to ask the question of whether or not we could change the gut microbiome in pregnancy through diet and would this be successful in preventing gestational diabetes in high risk women.

    “So, we have devised a special dietary intervention that was co-designed with women who have a lived experience of gestational diabetes.’’

    Once you register your interest, the research team will get touch to talk through whether the study is right for you.

    You can register for the study here or follow the Facebook page and Instagram page .

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