Gestational diabetes and long-term risk for dyslipidemia: A population-based historical cohort study

Gabriel Chodick*, Yaara Tenne, Yael Barer, Varda Shalev, Uriel Elchalal

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Objectives: To assess the course of lipid levels over time in postpartum women according to gestational diabetes status, taking into account potential confounders, such as comorbid conditions and body weight. Methods: The data for the present analysis were collected from a 2.3 million member integrated care provider in Israel. Included were all female members aged 15-50 years who performed a 50 g glucose challenge test (GCT) between March 1995 and May 2009. We collected all follow-up lipid consecration tests performed from date of delivery following the GCT (index date) until April 2017. Data analysis was performed for each lipid component individually (triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)) and the effects of the several risk factors (history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), age at delivery, obesity status and smoking status) were investigated using general linear model taking into account potential confounders. Results: A total of 160 527 women (6.1 million person-years of actual follow-up) were eligible for the analysis, including 10 234 women with GDM (6.4% of the entire cohort). During the study follow-up period, a total of 2.1 million lipid tests were performed. When adjusting for follow-up time, age at index date, body mass index status, and smoking status, GDM was associated with a 1.8-fold risk (95% CI 1.73 to 1.88) for dyslipidemia defined by TG, 1.45-fold risk (95% CI 1.38 to 1.52) for dyslipidemia defined by LDL-C, and 1.44-fold risk (95% CI 1.39 to 1.50) for dyslipidemia defined by HDL-C. Discussion: The results of this retrospective cohort analysis indicate that gestational diabetes confers added risk for developing hyperlipidemia post partum, particularly dyslipidemia defined by TG, as compared with women with normal glucose tolerance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000870
JournalBMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - 21 Jan 2020


  • dyslipidemia
  • gestational diabetes mellitus
  • metabolic syndrome treatment/prevention


Dive into the research topics of 'Gestational diabetes and long-term risk for dyslipidemia: A population-based historical cohort study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this