Human adipose tissue and metabolic disease - focus on pregnancy and women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus
The risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy, is higher among women who are overweight or obese compared with normal-weight women. The recent global increase in obesity prevalence is reflected in a rise in the prevalence of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes typically goes away after the baby is born. However, women who have had gestational diabetes have a markedly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. We look for factors in the adipose tissue that either control/participate in the development of these diseases or act protective. Our goal is possibilities to identify women at risk and to prevent diabetes.