September 21, 2010

Large Waistline Ups Risk of Diabetes in Pregnancy

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Pregnant women who have a larger waistline and higher triglyceride levels may be at risk for gestational diabetes, according to a new study.

Women who have never had diabetes but who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes affects about 4 percent of all pregnant women.

Researchers from Chicoutimi Hospital in Quebec, Canada studied 144 women under age 40. Nineteen of the women had a previous history of gestational diabetes, and 143 out of 144 of the women had a normal fasting glucose in their first trimester.

Results showed an increased waistline and high triglyceride levels were linked to higher glucose intolerance in later pregnancy.

"We found that the simultaneous presence of abdominal obesity and hypertriglyceridemia in the first trimester is associated with a significantly increased risk of glucose intolerance later in pregnancy," Dr. Diane Brisson was quoted as saying.

Researchers say having a way to predict who might develop gestational diabetes early in pregnancy could be useful because current methods are not available until late in pregnancy.

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 2010