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November 9, 2005

Pregnancy

Question from Sussex, England:

How quickly after conception can pregnancy lead to higher blood sugar levels?

Answer:

In type 1 diabetes, a change in glucose levels can occur soon after conception. In fact, if a woman who is of reproductive age suddenly experiences problems with blood sugar control, then pregnancy should be ruled out as a possible cause. Typically, women experience insulin resistance and develop hyperglycemia. Although, sometimes because of altered appetite and other changes in metabolism, hypoglycemia may occur. So, a change in either direction can occur.

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