Pregnant women with large waistlines and high triglyceride levels risk developing gestational diabetes

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a large waistline and high levels of triglyceride in a pregnant woman could indicate a risk of developing gestational diabetes.

This condition is a significant concern among expectant mothers, as it can have negative impacts on their unborn babies. Many current diagnostic tests, however, can be expensive, time-consuming and unpleasant. These tools do not normally yield results until relatively late in pregnancy.

Researchers from the Universite de Montreal evaluated 144 French-Canadian women under the age of 40. They found that a larger waistline, combined with high triglyceride levels, appeared to be linked to greater glucose intolerance in advanced pregnancy. A total of 19 participants had a previous history of gestational diabetes.

"We found that the simultaneous presence of abdominal obesity and hypertrglyceridemia in the first trimester is associated with a significantly increased risk of glucose intolerance later in pregnancy," said lead investigator Diane Barisson.

She and her colleagues concluded that these two measures could potentially be useful in screening expectant mothers for the risk of gestational diabetes.