Study: Gestational diabetes test may also help predict onset of type 2 diabetes
There is evidence suggesting that the test that helps diagnose gestational diabetes may also have a predictive value when it comes to the onset of type 2 diabetes.
In fact, Israeli scientists have noted that women who failed the test for gestational diabetes - which tests blood glucose levels four times over a four-hour period- had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Dr Gabriel Chodick of Tel Aviv Universitys Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, says that as many as half of all women in this trial who failed the test developed the condition - which is characterized by insulin resistance and can lead to cardiovascular disorders, blindness and even some forms of cancer - within 10 years.
While doctors take this into consideration, there usually isnt close follow-up in the clinical setting, Chodick said, adding that individuals who fail all four tests should be monitored and counseled about preventative measures.
Its an epidemic that can be stopped with information and action, he concluded.
Gestational diabetes affects up to 5 percent of women in the U.S., and it is more frequently diagnosed in African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians as well as in those who are obese or have a family history of diabetes, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearninghouse.