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How come I have gestational diabetes, but nobody else in the family has it?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Anyone can get it

Gestational DM accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the US.
Anyone can get it and there are risk factors (mentioned by Dr. Higginbotham) that can increase your risk of getting it. One thing for sure, if you have gestational DM, you are at risk for developing DM lifelong (not just during pregnancy). Thus if you have been diagnosed with GDM, get check for DM every 3 years lifelong.

In brief: Anyone can get it

Gestational DM accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the US.
Anyone can get it and there are risk factors (mentioned by Dr. Higginbotham) that can increase your risk of getting it. One thing for sure, if you have gestational DM, you are at risk for developing DM lifelong (not just during pregnancy). Thus if you have been diagnosed with GDM, get check for DM every 3 years lifelong.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Bad luck

Gestational diabetes mellitus (gdm) affects 3% to 10% of pregnancies - there may be some genetic predisposition towards developing gdm, but it does not specifically run in families.
The risk for gdm does increase with age, prepregnancy weight, previous pregnancy with gdm, and first degree relative with type ii diabetes.Your sisters may have some of the same risks for gdm, but may not develope it.

In brief: Bad luck

Gestational diabetes mellitus (gdm) affects 3% to 10% of pregnancies - there may be some genetic predisposition towards developing gdm, but it does not specifically run in families.
The risk for gdm does increase with age, prepregnancy weight, previous pregnancy with gdm, and first degree relative with type ii diabetes.Your sisters may have some of the same risks for gdm, but may not develope it.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Michael Carson
Besides genetics and the "luck" of them referred to above, weight is an important factor. Some normal weight women (BMI<25) will get GDM, but if your weight is much higher than your sisters, that could explain it as well.
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