Gestational diabetes raises heart risk later in life

09/14/2011 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Women with gestational diabetes have a 50% greater risk of cardiovascular events even years following their pregnancies, and the risk doubles for women who are overweight. A large Swedish study with controls found that gestational diabetes was not as strong a risk factor for later cardiovascular disease as smoking or hypertension during pregnancy. The findings were presented at the meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

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