Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Gestational DM not only increases risk of T2DM, but also of hypertension and IHD

Increased risk of ischemic heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes in women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus, a target group in general practice for preventive interventions: A population-based cohort study

Literature - Daly B, Toulis KA, Thomas N et al., - PLoS Medicine. Published: January 16, 2018

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This population-based study, for the first time, reports on the increased CV risk in women diagnosed with GDM. Women with GDM are over 20 times more likely to develop T2DM and have an almost doubled risk of hypertension, and 2.8-fold higher risk of IHD, compared with control women. This increased risk persists in the long run. Despite the higher risk, postpartum screening of diabetes and CV risk was poor.


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