Gestational Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Gestational Diabetes: What You Need To Know

The term diabetes is often associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, both of which are serious conditions that need to be closely monitored. There is a third type of diabetes that many people may not be aware of, and that is gestational diabetes.

Gestation refers to the full process, from conception to birth, in the womb of a pregnant woman. Gestational diabetes is when the body's internal functions shift in such a way where the body is no longer to produce sufficient insulin during pregnancy. According to the CDC, 2%-10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes every year. Those who suffer from gestational diabetes during their pregnancies are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. 

Now it's common for pregnant women to have higher insulin resistance late in their pregnancy, but if there is slightly higher resistance to insulin before pregnancy, the risk for gestational diabetes is significantly higher than normal. This is why it's important to know your blood sugar and A1C numbers at all times of your life. Knowing your numbers now gives you insight into your metabolic health and can help navigate what your body needs in the future, such as during pregnancy. 

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