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How does high blood sugar relate to gestational diabetes?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

High blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia or high blood glucose, is a symptom of all types of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, sometimes referred to as GDM. During pregnancy, hormones produced by the placenta interfere with insulin, a hormone that helps process blood sugar. The amount of these hormones increases as your pregnancy progresses, and develops into diabetes in some women, usually in the later stages of pregnancy.

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