Israeli scientists find way to predict gestational diabetes during pregnancy – Jewish News

A kit used by a woman with gestational diabetes. (Wikipedia/Jessica Merz from Novato, USA/Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)

Israeli scientists have come up with a new algorithm that predicts gestational diabetes in the early stages of pregnancy.

In up to nine percent of pregnancies the mother can develop high blood sugar levels despite not having diabetes, adding increased risks for both mother and baby.

Typically, gestational diabetes is diagnosed between the 24th and 28th weeks of pregnancy with a glucose tolerance test, in which the woman drinks a glucose solution then has a blood test to see how quickly it has cleared from her blood.

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