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Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

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Dr. Michael Carson
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Weight/Family Hist.

Obesity is a major risk for any diabetes.
The other factor is genetics. There are many women of asian descent who have a normal weight (and body mass index), but develop gestational or regular diabetes. Obesity is one that people can modify though.

In brief: Weight/Family Hist.

Obesity is a major risk for any diabetes.
The other factor is genetics. There are many women of asian descent who have a normal weight (and body mass index), but develop gestational or regular diabetes. Obesity is one that people can modify though.
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Many

The baby can have macrosomia (large birth weight), increased amniotic fluid, fetal death, neonatal hypoglycemia, jaundice, shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injury, cesarean section, cardiomyopathy.
The mother is also at risk for diabetes after pregnancy, especially if she is overweight, older than 35, physically inactive, hispanic or has a family history of diabetes.

In brief: Many

The baby can have macrosomia (large birth weight), increased amniotic fluid, fetal death, neonatal hypoglycemia, jaundice, shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus injury, cesarean section, cardiomyopathy.
The mother is also at risk for diabetes after pregnancy, especially if she is overweight, older than 35, physically inactive, hispanic or has a family history of diabetes.
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