Diabetes During Pregnancy — A Window to Long-Term Health


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Question Are women with a history of gestational diabetes at an elevated risk of major cardiovascular disease (CVD) events later in life?

Findings In this cohort study, with follow-up of nearly 90 000 US women older than 26 years, women with a history of gestational diabetes had 43% greater risk of CVD (myocardial infarction or stroke) compared with women without prior gestational diabetes , although absolute rates in this cohort were low. Adhering to healthy lifestyle factors over follow-up mitigated this modestly elevated risk.

Meaning Although women with prior gestational diabetes have a higher risk of CVD, adhering to a healthy lifestyle may offset this risk.

More at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2657590?redirect=true