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Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

March 14, 2014

Gestational diabetes may raise risk for future heart disease

Gestational diabetes can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications.

According to a statement from the American Heart Association, gestational diabetes — a¬†condition characterized by high blood sugar levels that is first recognized during pregnancy — may increase risk for heart disease in midlife. Fortunately, the condition can be controlled with meal planning, activity and occasionally insulin or other types of medications.

“Our research shows that just having a history of gestational diabetes elevates a woman’s risk of developing early, sub-clinical atherosclerosis before she develops type 2 diabetes or the metabolic syndrome,” posited lead author Erica P. Gunderson, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., senior research scientist in the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

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