Melissa Thompson, Meredith Kennedy, Dr Monique Francois and Monique Harper-Richardson

Early intervention preventing future type 2 diabetes

Gestational diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, is the fastest growing type of diabetes in Australia.

One in seven pregnant women may experience gestational diabetes. Women with previous elevated glucose levels in pregnancy, and their baby, are at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

The early years after pregnancy are an important time to recover strength and fitness, focus on diet and mental health to prevent future diabetes.

The proposed 2020 ‘Walk and Talk’ with mums and bubs will bring together expertise in a variety of important areas including, dietitians, doctors, exercise physiologists to discuss important topics related to women’s health and prevention of type 2 diabetes.

IHMRI researcher Dr Monique Francois, and Meredith Kennedy, Dietitian from the Illawarra Diabetes Service, have received additional recognition and support for this project through UOW’s Community Engagement Grants Scheme (CEGS).

“Post-pregnancy is a key time to intervene when women have had gestational diabetes to encourage good diet and exercise practices,” said Dr Francois.

“Currently there are no intervention programs running in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) that focus on reducing the risk of diabetes for mother’s and their babies later in life,” she added.

The ‘Walk and Talk’ program will be trialed with mothers in the Illawarra after they have given birth to their child.

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Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator

t: 4221 4702

m: 0417 044 867

e: louisenegline@ihmri.org.au

Top photo: Melissa Thompson, Meredith Kennedy, Dr Monique Francois and Monique Harper-Richardson. Photo by Mark Newsham.

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