About the Study

Who?  

We are recruiting Indigenous mothers, fathers, and pregnant women who have type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, or no diabetes at all, as well as the children born to these parents. We follow these children to make sure they do not have early signs of diabetes.

Why we are doing the study?

We would like to answer important questions about why type 2 diabetes runs in some families and what risks exist. Starting at the age of 7, the kids are screened for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Our goal is to prevent progression, treat early, or support families to live well with diabetes.

What will you do?

During pregnancy, the height, weight, and blood pressure as well as blood and urine samples are collected during the prenatal care visit.

We are also looking at the effects on children while they are in the mom’s womb through the collection of cord blood at delivery. Collecting cord blood does not harm the baby or the mother; it is collected after the cord is cut and is usually discarded after birth. We think there is something unique happening when the child is in the mom’s womb since we see many more children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who were born to mothers living with type 2 diabetes than children who were born to fathers with type 2 diabetes.

We conduct annual assessments for the children, where height, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels are measured, in order to help determine the risk factors involved with developing type 2 diabetes. This screening provides a more detailed look at the child’s health and is not normally done during a usual doctor or nurse visit.

All test results are reviewed by a doctor and discussed with the parents/guardians. A copy of the results will be sent to the parents/guardian and to the child’s family doctor to update their records.

Where and when will the study take place?

Where: Children's Research Institute of Manitoba if you are based in Winnipeg. Within your community, if you are based out of Winnipeg (where possible).


When: At a time most convenient for you and your family during the week.