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Category: Hypertension

Maternal Lactation Decreases Pregnancy-Related Diabetes and Hypertension Risk

 

 Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women across the globe. Although many traditional risk factors – such as hypertension and diabetes – are shared, women also experience unique cardiovascular and metabolic stresses that contribute to elevated CVD risk, especially during pregnancy and puerperium. Pregnancy can have an adverse effect on the metabolic profiles of new mothers, which may include higher cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as decreased glucose intolerance. As a result, many female patients may suffer from pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes – both of which can have severe long-term health repercussions. 

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The Importance of Potassium in Cardiometabolic Health

As an essential mineral for physical health, potassium ensures the normal functioning of cells, regulates heart rate, synthesizes proteins, and metabolizes carbohydrates – all necessary mechanisms for optimal cardiometabolic health.

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