GDM risk linked to low sex hormones
Low levels of SHBG are already a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes in post-menopausal women.
The recognised clinical risk factors, such as excess weight, are also similar for both type 2 diabetes and for GDM.
However, established clinical risk factors for GDM are missing in up to half of women affected, according to the authors.
US researchers studied 4098 women who completed a voluntary health check at a Californian hospital — which included questionnaires, measurements and blood samples — and who then