New Gestational Diabetes Review Emphasizes Post-Partum Endothelial Function
A new review, published on March 12 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, examines the underlying causes of gestational diabetes and mild forms of dysglycemia during pregnancy and how such conditions may contribute to the subsequent development of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"Gestational dysglycemia identifies a group of women who are at increased risk not only of type 2 diabetes mellitus, but also an earlier age of onset of cardiovascular disease. The usefulness of identifying a dysglycemic pregnancy is that this will identify a population of women at increased subsequent cardiometabolic risk," the authors write.
"Detection of these conventional abnormalities affords clinicians an opportunity to attenuate such risk by targeted intervention. One goal for future investigation is to identify and validate as potentially useful post-partum screening tools biomarkers of subsequent vascular risk, including altered endothelial responsiveness, that may be evident before diabetes, metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular events emerge," they add.
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