Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gestational diabetes test may predict Type 2 diabetes among women

A new Tel Aviv University study found a test used to diagnose gestational diabetes in women could be a key indicator to diagnosing Type 2 diabetes.

The study -- led by Gabriel Chodick of Tel Aviv University's department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Sackler faculty of medicine -- found that women who "failed" the glucose challenge test, a series of four blood tests conducted over a single four-hour period, have a higher chance of developing adult onset diabetes later in life. Chodick and colleagues collected data on more than 185,000 women in Israel who took the glucose challenge test, then acquired information from the nation's health registry as to what percentage of these women contracted diabetes later in life.

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