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What causes gestational diabetes?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:04 PM on Aug. 4, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • i know that the older u are the more likely ur i think its from not eating health at all but i really dont know

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:12 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • gestational diabetes causes the glucose to stay in your blood instead of moving into your cells and getting converted to energy. Why does this sometimes happen when you're pregnant?

    During pregnancy, your hormones make it tougher for your body to use insulin, so your pancreas needs to produce more of it. For most moms-to be, this isn't a problem: As your need for insulin increases, your pancreas dutifully secretes more of it. But when a woman's pancreas can't keep up with the insulin demand and her blood glucose levels get too high, the result is gestational diabetes.

    Getting GD, has nothing to do with eating healthy, while eating healthy does help control it once you are diagnosed with it..


    Answer by midnightmoma at 5:27 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar level is high because there isn't enough insulin, or insulin isn't working properly. Insulin is a hormone that enables your body to break down sugar (glucose) in your blood to be used as energy.

    During pregnancy, various hormones block the usual action of insulin. This helps to make sure your growing baby gets enough glucose. Your body needs to produce more insulin to cope with these changes. Gestational diabetes develops when your body can't meet the extra insulin demands of the pregnancy.

    Gestational diabetes usually begins in the second half of pregnancy, and goes away after the baby is born. If gestational diabetes doesn't go away after the baby is born, it's possible that you already had diabetes and that it was picked up during your pregnancy. The other forms of diabetes, called type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, are life-long conditions.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:40 PM on Aug. 4, 2009

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