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.