Washington: Research on the genetics of diabetes could help women get to know their risk of developing gestational diabetes before getting pregnant - and lead to measures being taken to protect the health of the offspring.Gestational diabetes affects 18 percent of pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes are typically larger at birth, which can lead to complications during delivery. They are at an increased risk of developing metabolic diseases, like diabetes, in childhood and adulthood. Researchers found variants in two genes - HKDC1 and BACE2 - that were associated with measures of glucose and insulin levels of pregnant women but not associated with these measures in the rest of the population, including people with type 2 diabetes.
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