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Why would big baby born to a gestational diabetic mother have polycythemia?
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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In brief: ?vitamin deficiency
There are sensors in the brainstem that require vitamin b1 and/or magnesium.
If they do not function properly they act as though the person is at high altitude. A signal goes to the kidney initiating secretion of erythropoietin, a hormone that tells the bone marrow to make more red cells and hemoglobin. We know that diabetics excrete a lot of vitamin b1 in the urine and become deficient.

In brief: ?vitamin deficiency
There are sensors in the brainstem that require vitamin b1 and/or magnesium.
If they do not function properly they act as though the person is at high altitude. A signal goes to the kidney initiating secretion of erythropoietin, a hormone that tells the bone marrow to make more red cells and hemoglobin. We know that diabetics excrete a lot of vitamin b1 in the urine and become deficient.
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