Blood test can assess gestational diabetes risk for pregnant women

Blood test can assess gestational diabetes risk for pregnant women

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Blood test can assess gestational diabetes risk for pregnant women

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on May 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

A new blood test can assess a woman's risk for gestational diabetes during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Japanese researchers found women who had the highest levels of a certain biomarker were nearly three times more likely to develop the condition than those with the lowest levels.

Most women are not tested until later in the second trimester, but an earlier diagnosis could help women better manage their gestational diabetes, which can cause risks to the baby if not treated.

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