Gestational Diabetes Predictable 7 Years Before Pregnancy

New research says that gestational diabetes may be predictable as many as 7 years before a women actually becomes pregnant....
New research says that gestational diabetes may be predictable as many as 7 years before a women actually becomes pregnant. 7 years is a pretty long time ahead to be making health estimates, however, that's what researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., have done. Researchers evaluated study participants, (ethnically diverse women) and found that routine evaluations of blood sugar and body weight, long before pregnancy were able to help determine which women were most likely to develop gestational diabetes, when pregnant later on in life. Women with known risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, for example women who were overweight or who had high blood pressure had the greatest risk for later having gestational diabetes. In total, women in the study who had high blood sugar levels and who were overweight were 4.6 times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than other women. Gestational diabetes is harmful for both mama and baby. What this study says is that there are steps that can be taken to prevent gestational diabetes long before a women ever even considers having a baby. That's good news because it may mean a reduction in adverse outcomes associated with gestational diabetes. + Source

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