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Cardio Metabolic Health Congress – Official Blog

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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Gaps in Prediabetes Knowledge Among Primary Care Physicians

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 84 million adults  in the United States currently have prediabetes – and this number continues to rise. It is estimated that nearly 90% of individuals suffering from prediabetes are unaware of their condition, putting them at a high risk of type 2 diabetes development, heart disease, and other serious cardiometabolic complications. Both patients and physicians should know and understand the various risk factors contributing to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to help mitigate the progression of the condition as well as its comorbidities.

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