Researchers have found that Chinese women who had both hypertension and gestational diabetes during pregnancy were significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or prediabetes later than other women. This includes women with gestational diabetes who had normal blood pressure readings.
This finding resulted from analyzing the data of about 1,260 women with a history of gestational diabetes. It was determined that women with both gestational diabetes and hypertension who did not use antihypertensive medications during pregnancy were almost four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes after delivering their babies versus women with gestational diabetes with normal blood pressure during pregnancy.
These findings were published in the Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications on May 4, 2016.