Glucose Intolerance in Pregnancy May Predict CV Future

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Mild glucose intolerance in pregnancy that doesn't rise to gestational diabetes may modestly predict future cardiovascular risk ...

Women in that category had a 19% higher risk of cardiovascular disease over the subsequent 12.3 years than those without glucose intolerance ...

As expected, those found to have gestational diabetes had an even higher future cardiovascular risk compared with normoglycemic women (adjusted hazard ratio 1.66, P<0.001) ...

... even mild degrees of glucose dysregulation in pregnancy strongly predict future diabetes risk.

Since many scientists believe type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease arise from a "common soil," the researchers turned their attention to future cardiovascular risk.

Among ... women who didn't require a diagnostic test -- suggesting normal glucose challenge test results -- the rate of cardiovascular events ... was 1.9 per 10,000 person-years ...

By comparison, the rate was 2.3 events per 10,000 person-years in ... women who got the oral glucose tolerance test but did not have gestational diabetes.

Among ... women who were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, the rate was 4.2 per 10,000 person years ...

Since diabetes and heart disease are generally modifiable risk factors, I'd suggest that addressing nutrition, exercise and general lifestyle health would help to prevent much of this.

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