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September 22, 2000

Gestational Diabetes

Question from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

I am 16 weeks pregnant, why did I get gestational diabetes so early in my pregnancy? Are my risks higher of having diabetes after I give birth? Does it matter when in your pregnancy you develop the this?

Answer:

You may have preexisting glucose intolerance or mild diabetes. It will be important to evaluate you after your delivery to rule out diabetes. You are at increased risk of developing diabetes later in life. However, this risk can be reduced with diet and exercise.

OWJ