Gestational Diabetes: A Silent Predictor of Long-Term Health
Gestational diabetes, a condition that arises during pregnancy, has long been linked to various chronic conditions. But its connection to long-term mortality has remained relatively unexplored. Delving into the lives of US female nurses who had been pregnant, researchers discovered some intriguing patterns. Those who had experienced gestational diabetes had a slightly higher death rate over a span of 30 years compared to those who hadn't. This risk remained even after accounting for lifestyle factors and other potential influences. Interestingly, the risk was particularly pronounced among women who had gestational diabetes in multiple pregnancies, those who also had pregnancy-related high blood pressure, and those who gave birth prematurely or to low-weight babies. The condition was notably linked to heart disease-related deaths.