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Risk of Gestational Diabetes is Increased by a Large Waistline and High Triglycerides During Pregnancy

Risk of Gestational Diabetes is Increased by a Large Waistline and High Triglycerides During Pregnancy

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a large waistline and high triglyceride levels in pregnant women can be an early screening tool for gestational diabetes.

The tests that diagnose gestational diabetes are costly, time-consuming and unpleasant for pregnant women; and their results aren’t available until about six months later, which is relatively late in pregnancy. However, this condition is a significant public health concern, with potential negative effects on women and their babies.


Obesity before pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of gestational diabetes. Due to the increase of obesity around the world, there’s a need for early and simple screening tools for gestational diabetes.


An increased waistline and high triglyceride levels have been linked to higher glucose intolerance levels in later pregnancy in a study of 144 French-Canadian women aged younger than 40 years.


143 of the 144 women had a normal fasting glucose in their first trimester, and 19 of the 144 had a previous history of gestational diabetes.


A significantly increased risk of glucose intolerance later in pregnancy was linked with the simultaneous presence of abdominal obesity and hypertriglyceridemia in the first trimester.


Researchers suggested further research with larger and more diverse populations, because it was noted that the sample size was modest and homogenous.


Lastly, to improve the early screening for gestational diabetes, measurement of waist girth in combination with triglyceride concentrations in the first trimester of pregnancy could be useful.

Prepared By: Dr. Mehyar Al-khashroum
Edited By: Miss Araz Kahvedjian

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