Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Q: What causes gestational diabetes?

A: Insulin is the hormone responsible for glucose entry into cells. During pregnancy, certain hormones necessary for the development of the baby are secreted by the placenta. These hormones reduce the action of insulin in the mother and, to compensate this phenomenon, more insulin is usually produced. When gestational diabetes develops, the body fails to make enough insulin and therefore, the sugar in the blood remains high.