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Is gestational diabetes a disease?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Yes.: Gestational diabetes is when during pregnancy, a woman is unable to produce enough Insulin to regulate her body's blood sugar. Gestational diabetes should be managed carefully to reduce health risks to the woman and her fetus. Also, there is higher risk of developing diabetes in the future.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Yes -caused by carbs: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm.

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