What Causes Gestational Diabetes

What Causes Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurred in some women during pregnancy because of many factors which lead to a change in certain hormones such as cortisol, estrogen or placental lactogen and become resistant to insulin. 

When the levels of insulin are low and when the body cannot use the insulin effectively than the blood glucose level rises.

It’s possible that you can get gestational diabetes even if you didn’t have diabetes before pregnancy.

What Causes Gestational Diabetes

Lifestyle factors:

Lifestyle factors play an important role in protecting or preventing the development of gestational diabetes.  Lifestyle is also associated with risk of gestational diabetes.

According to a particular study, it shows that women who spent at least 20 hours per week watching television, without any physical activity, had a significantly higher risk of gestational diabetes than those women who perform physical activity and spent less than 2 hours per week watching television.


Without a doubt, people are getting fatter and fatter. The epidemic of the modern world is obesity. It is estimated that more than one-third of the population is inflicted by obesity.

Obesity is occurring at an alarming number even at younger age women and pregnancy.  

Generally speaking, obesity carries risk factors for diabetes. The rate of the gestational diabetes is higher in obese, at least, 2 to 10 times higher than in normal women.

This is the reason why it is highly important to give a thought when planning a pregnancy.

Older Maternal Age:

Multiple studies have shown that there is a relationship between the older maternal age and gestational diabetes. The older maternal age is more likely to develop gestational diabetes.

The prevalence of Gestational diabetes age of older maternal women is ranging from 30 to 35 and up to 40 years of age.


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