Welcome to the Diabetes & Women's Health Study Website

WHAT IS THE DIABETES AND WOMEN’S HEALTH STUDY?

The Diabetes and Women’s Health (DWH) study is a study investigating factors (medical, lifestyle, genetic and their interactions) that determine the risk of subsequent development of type 2 diabetes among women who had Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), a common pregnancy complication. The study, which is led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is being conducted in the US and Denmark among study participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II (NHS-II) and the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC). The study will investigate pregnancy history, body weight, lifestyle factors (e.g., diet, and exercise), biochemical markers (in blood, urine and toenails) and genetic (DNA) factors and their interactions in relation to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and complications. The DWH study will invite participants with a history of GDM from these US and Danish studies. Findings from previous studies indicate that women who had diabetes in pregnancy experienced a substantially increased risk for type 2 diabetes after pregnancy and are regarded as a high risk population for type 2 diabetes.

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Explore the FAQ and other links on this page to learn more about the Diabetes & Women’s Health Study.  Find out what is involved for each participant, why we have reached out to you and more general health information about gestational diabetes and potential long-term health effects.