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Inheritance and Genetics of Gestational diabetes

Racial Patterns for Gestational diabetes:

Racial Information for Gestational diabetes: Population studies among Hispanic women with diabetes show significantly higher death and complication rates during pregnancy. Mexican-American women have higher rates of gestational diabetes than non-Hispanic white women (especially when they are overweight). Once a woman has had gestational diabetes, she has an increased risk of developing the disease in future pregnancies. Studies have found that about half of women with gestational diabetes - regardless of race - develop type 2 diabetes within 20 years of the pregnancy. (Source: excerpt from Diabetes Mellitus in Hispanic Women: NWHIC)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Gestational diabetes refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.


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