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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:57

Diabetes, High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy can be warning signs of Heart disease

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Pregnancy-Related Diabetes or High Blood Pressure May Be Effective Early-Warning Signs for Heart Disease- study

When a woman has high blood pressure  or high blood sugar levels during pregnancy, this may help predict her chances of developing  heart diseases perhaps as early as middle age, suggests British researchers.
Considering the study findings we would like to know the opinion of Alternative medicine Practitioners about the scope of Complementary and alternative medicine  in controlling the risk of Heart diseases. Let us know if there are some ways to prevent or postpone the middle age Heart diseases.

To understand, why women who have certain common pregnancy-related complications tend to be at higher risk for heart disease later in life the researchers analysed data from more than 3,400 pregnant women who participated in a long-term health study of British parents and children.
Scientists gathered information from the women's medical records during pregnancy about their blood pressure, glucose levels in blood and urine, as well as maternal weight gain. They also collected data from birth records about their babies' birth weight, whether the women smoked during pregnancy, and their age at delivery.

About 18 years after giving birth, the mothers now at an average age of 48 had a follow-up visit at a health clinic. At that time, the women's height, weight, waist size, blood pressure, and blood glucose were all measured. They also tested lipid (blood fat) and insulin levels, which can both influence heart disease risk. 


After calculating the each woman’s risk of heart disease in the next 10 years, they found that pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) was linked with a 31% greater risk of having heart disease in middle age. It might be a better predictor of future heart problems than any other pregnancy-related complication.
Women with pregnancy-related diabetes had a 26% greater chance of heart disease during midlife. Having diabetes during pregnancy also increases a woman's odds of having diabetes past middle age.

Researchers found that women who gave birth to babies who were significantly larger than average tended to have larger waists and higher glucose concentrations in their blood and mothers who had babies who were significantly smaller than average had higher blood pressure.

Researcher’s view
"Pregnancy may provide an opportunity to identify women at increased risk of heart disease while they are relatively young," researcher Abigail Fraser, PhD, says in a news release. She is a research fellow at the School of Community and Social Medicine at the University of Bristol in England.
Knowing earlier in life if a woman has a greater likelihood of heart disease may give health professionals more time to discuss with her heart-healthy lifestyle changes or other treatments needed to reduce this risk.

Personally, I feel that judicious combination of lifestyle changes and Complementary and alternative medicine treatment definitely can protect from the risk of heart diseases? Let’s know your views.

 The research appears in CirculationJournal of the American Heart Association.

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  • Comment Link Dr. Sandip Saturday, 25 February 2012 10:15 posted by Dr. Sandip

    diabetes is the most fulminating disease,by my opinion, other than genetic reasons,wrong diet,unwanted heavy calorie intake and most important cause is that if we are not taking a diet at a proper time it reduces the power of pancrea,we have to set our diet schdule related to sunrise and sun set ,means we have to go close to nature it will give power to us.

  • Comment Link Sreekumar Friday, 24 February 2012 10:43 posted by Sreekumar

    Of course, you are right. In fact take adequate measures not only for avoiding latent diabetes/hyprtension in mother, but also the child

  • Comment Link Nilima Friday, 24 February 2012 10:37 posted by Nilima

    WHO has projected India as the country with fastest growing population of diabetes.

  • Comment Link Nane Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:53 posted by Nane

    Great article. Thank you, Dr. Sejal. I had pre-eclamspia during my pregnancy 27 years ago. I don't have heart disease yet, but I now take good care of myself. I take Oligo vitamins and supplements. Since you have mentioned the possibility of heart disease and since stroke runs in my family, I am going to add Oligo ProvexCV the heart support supplement.

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