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A 37-year-old female asked:

i drink a lot of fruit & vegetable smoothies - 1 daily- during pregnant for added nutrients. do i risk possibility of gest diabetes? should i worry?

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Dr. Christina Adberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Maybe?: Gestational diabetes has many factors, including genetics, your weight before pregnancy, your diet, etc. Smoothies can contain a lot of carbs which will raise your blood sugar temporarily, and in pregnancy, that may cause elevated Insulin levels and possibly excess fetal growth. In general, it's better to eat your food then to drink it, and consume protein with your carbs to control blood sugar.
Dr. Khayriyyah Chandler
Family Medicine 14 years experience
No not necessarily: Added sugar is the problem. 1 mixed veggie and fruit smoothie is okay. Add protein like peanut butter or hemp powder and fiber like flaxseed to balance out the carb content.

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