Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia raise heart risk

02/20/2012 | Endocrine Today

Data on 3,416 British women showed those who had pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia faced a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Risk was 26% higher for women who had gestational diabetes and 31% higher for those with preeclampsia. "Pregnancy may provide an opportunity to identify women at increased risk for heart disease while they are relatively young," said researcher Abigail Fraser.

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