Dietary intervention needed for women who have had gestational diabetes, study suggests

February 26, 2015 6:39 PM

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Dietary intervention needed for women who have had gestational diabetes, study suggests

Gestational diabetes, or glucose intolerance, appears in 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. who were not diagnosed with diabetes before pregnancy. While glucose levels usually stabilize after a pregnancy, research shows these women remain up to seven times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a costly and deadly disease, in the 20 years following.

A study published Thursday in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that diet may play a major role in that increased risk. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School studied the diet and lifestyle choices of a national sample of women ages 20 to 44 years, all of who had...

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