Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are more likely to have mothers who were obese or had diabetes during pregnancy, according to a study by Christine W. Hsu, MD (University of Washington, Seattle) and colleagues.
The overall rate of childhood CKD was approximately 0.26% about 1 case per 400 live births. When investigators adjusted for length of gestation, CKD risk was 69% higher for children whose mothers had diabetes before pregnancy.
For children whose mothers developed diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), there was a 28% increase in CKD risk. Children of obese mothers demonstrated a 22% increase in CKD risk.