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Did you know that between two and ten percent of pregnant women get gestational diabetes?
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is found for the first time when a woman is pregnant. It means your blood glucose is too high, and too much glucose can harm you and your baby.
Risk factors include being;
- African American, Latina, or Native American
- 25 years or older
- being overweight
- or having a parent or sibling with diabetes
If you are considering becoming pregnant, and are overweight, you can reduce your chance of getting gestational diabetes by reaching a healthier weight before becoming pregnant.
To lose weight and keep it off, plan to eat healthier and get more physical activity. For more weight loss tips, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.
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