What is the classification of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is classified as a separate form of DM. It is not uncommon, following the occurrence of gestational diabetes, for the condition to continue after delivery, either in the form of Type 2 DM or even as a first occurrence of Type 1 DM.

It should be noted that during the course of a normal pregnancy there is resistance to the action of insulin which causes increased circulation of glucose and free fatty acids, so that adequate supply of these nutrients is available for the foetus. This condition is compensated for by an

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increased secretion of insulin. In 2-4 percent of pregnancies, however, insulin production is inadequate and gestational diabetes occurs.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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