Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Glucose tests & heart health

Every pregnant woman I talk to seems to dread her 28-week glucose test. Most women do not test positive for gestational diabetes, but those who do may be able to use the test as a predictor of future cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Ugh.

What's more, women who have an abnormal glucose reading, but who are not diagnosed with gestational diabetes (that would be me), also are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the study. U.S. News & World Report reported about the study in a recent article. While this isn't the best news in the world, it is good to know that a funky glucose test could indicate that you should pay closer attention to your heart health as you get older. For more information about women, heart disease, and how to lower your risk, check out the government's web site for women's health. Stay strong and healthy, ladies!

Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

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