Gestational Diabetes Test in Early Pregnancy: Biomarkers Show GDM Risk

With testing for biomarkers that indicate the risk of developing high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, early prenatal care is more important than ever. Image by Decoded Pregnancy.

With testing for biomarkers that indicate the risk of developing high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, early prenatal care is more important than ever. Image by Decoded Pregnancy.

There may soon be yet another reason to get early prenatal care. Researchers at Tokyo Women’s Medical UniversityF found an association between elevated levels of a biomarker called soluble (pro)renin receptor or s(P)RR in the blood of women in their first trimester of pregnancy and the development of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis

Currently, doctors use lab results collected when you are six to seven months (between 24 and 28 weeks) pregnant to diagnose GDM, or high blood sugar that begins and ends during pregnancy. Specifically, they use the glucose challenge test that measures your blood sugar after consuming a sweet beverage.

New research indicates that labs can easily measure plasma levels of s(P)RR as part of routine bloodwork done when you are between two and three and a half months (8 to 14 weeks) pregnant. The authors of the study previously linked high levels of s(P)RR to the development of high blood pressure in pregnancy, so early testing is important for a number of reasons.

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