U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is gestational diabetes a dominant or recessive trait?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Complex disease: Gestational diabetes (gdm), like type 2 diabetes, are related metabolic conditions with strong inherited genetic tendencies --- but multiple genes are involved in their expression (appearance in any person). So gdm is neither a dominant nor recessive trait. Whether a person gets gdm is also strongly impacted by age, weight, exercise levels, dietary factors, which are not genetically determined.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
Neither: Gestational diabetes is like type 2 dm, which has a polygenic inheritance. It is not due to a simple mendelian inheritance.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 31-year-old member asked:
How often could gestational diabetes go away?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 24-year-old member asked:
Can gestational diabetes cause my child to have diabetes?
3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
How common is it for somebody to get gestational diabetes?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 34-year-old member asked:
Can gestational diabetes be life threatening?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Last updated Apr 12, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.