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Gestational Diabetes Tied to Later Heart Disease

Sustaining a complication during pregnancy was associated with a 1.6- to 4-fold increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related death decades later, with glycosuria and early pre-eclampsia incurring the steepest risk, researchers reported.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Gestational diabetes causes genetic programming changes in the fetus that ensure later-life metabolic problems, including obesity and diabetes, in addition to increased risk of heart disease.

 

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