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Question: what is gestational diabetes really?
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Pregnancy
It's diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy.
It accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the US. Anyone can get it and there are risk factors 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: Pregnancy
It's diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy.
It accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the US. Anyone can get it and there are risk factors 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. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine
In brief: Insulin resistance
Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise.
Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm.

In brief: Insulin resistance
Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise.
Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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