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Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 26 years experience
Yes, but partially: Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient (leading to high sugars) are often transmitted in the genetic make-up. However, gestational diabetes is also strongly related to other non-hereditary factors like age, weight, physical activity levels, and diet habits.
Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine 46 years experience
Not really: Not really, but is kind of one of those "runs in the family" type problems.

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