World-first gestational diabetes study looking for participants

World-first gestational diabetes study looking for participants

Are you expecting and battling with the scales?

Expectant mums with a BMI of more than 25 are welcome to take part in our new world-first study to investigate the effects of probiotics on preventing gestational diabetes.

The study would involve mums-to-be taking probiotics during pregnancy to see if it has any preventative effect on gestational diabetes. This approach has seen some success in overseas trials and may give us a safe, easy and cheap way of preventing gestational diabetes and minimising the effects it has on mother and baby.

Gestational diabetes is a common complication of pregnancy caused when the mother’s body does not have enough insulin to remove the sugars from the blood causing high blood sugar levels. Complications can include heavier babies with more body fat, complications in delivery and an increased risk of both mother and baby developing diabetes later in life.

Researchers are looking for 500 mums at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital over the next two years. To get involved, contact Anne Tremellen on 07 3163 6312 or email Anne at

Note, for this study, researchers are looking to include women with a BMI above 25 kg/m2. To calculate your BMI use a calculator and type in your weight ÷ height ÷ height (For example, Weight 65 kg and height 1.65m = 65 ÷ 1.65 ÷ 1.65 = 23.8).


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