Gestational Diabetes

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Understanding and Causes

Understanding Gestational Diabetes

How does it happen?

The body is unable to produce enough insulin for meeting the extra needs of a pregnant woman. This causes blood sugar levels to increase. 

How does it affect your body?

Sugar accumulates in the blood instead of being used as energy.

How many pregnant women are affected?

Between 3% to 20% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. 

Understanding Gestational  Diabetes

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References

1. National Health Service. Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gestational-diabetes/. Last reviewed: 5/8/2016. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.
2. Mayoclinic. Gestational diabetes. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gestational-diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20355339. Last reviewed: 28/4/2017. As accessed on: 20/6/2018.