Gestational Diabetes Risk Factors

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Gestational diabetes causes are high if having family history of diabetes, prior gestational or baby weight greater than 9 pounds and diagnosed as pre-diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes Risk Factors

  • family history of diabetes - have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Race - African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander
  • 25 years of age or older
  • Overweight and or obese
  • had gestational diabetes in the previous pregnancy or given birth a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
  • have pre-diabetes, high blood-glucose levels yet high enough for the diagnosis of diabetes.

If you have any of the above risk factors, ask your health care team about testing for gestational diabetes.

  • you are at high risk if you are very overweight, had gestational diabetes before, have a strong family history of diabetes, or have glucose in your urine.
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