Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy, usually after the 24th week. It is tested using an oral glucose tolerance test around 24 – 28 weeks of pregnancy, but some may be tested earlier. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the delivery, but according to the National Diabetes Education Program, women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing Type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years. Additionally, children born to mothers with gestational diabetes may have an increased risk for conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life.
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