Gestational diabetes is the term for people who are diabetic only in the pregnant state. Most commonly, their blood sugars will return to normal after pregnancy but they are at much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Historically, when diabetes develops later in life we’ve classified it as adult-onset diabetes, but that is generally out of date terminology at this point in time
Doctors repeat screening in patients who had gestational diabetes about 6-8 weeks after they deliver to make sure that they have returned to a non-diabetic state. We also advise these patients to have diabetes testing every three years for the rest of their life. They have about a 20% chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years after delivery.
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