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Study: Pregnancy diabetes could mean earlier heart disease

Doctors have known for some time that women who develop pregnancy-related diabetes — known as gestational diabetes — are far more likely to get full-blown type 2 diabetes years down the road than women who don’t develop the condition when pregnant. But new research suggests that the 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women who get gestational diabetes may also be at a higher risk of developing earlier heart disease.

In the study published last Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers followed nearly 900 healthy young women for 20 years and found that those who previously had gestational diabetes were more likely to have thickened arteries on an imaging test — an early sign of heart disease — by the time they reached their late 30s to late 40s compared to those who never had the condition.

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