Low levels of the hormone adiponectin detected years before pregnancy may help predict which women have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Investigators analyzed records of 4098 women who had a routine checkup between 1985 and 1996 and subsequently delivered an infant by 2010. Of the group, 256 developed gestational diabetes. Analyses showed that women with the lowest adiponectin levels about 6 years before pregnancy had a 5-fold increased risk of developing gestational diabetes compared with women having the highest levels.
From JAMA’s Daily News Site. JAMA. 2013;310(19):2029. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281919