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Why does a woman with PCOS have an increased risk of having gestational diabetes than a healthy woman?

By Victoria Moliner.
Last Update: 12/19/2018

A pregnancy is a natural physiological state that generates insulin resistance. Insulin, due to the many changes induced by the pregnancy, becomes less effective and the organism needs to produce it in higher amounts for glucose to be effectively absorbed.

On the other hand, insulin resistance is a common symptom of PCOS. So, if both situations occur simultaneously (pregnancy and PCOS), the chances for the woman to develop gestational diabetes or type II diabetes in the future increase.

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 Victoria Moliner
Victoria Moliner
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Presently, she works as a Research Biologist.
Embryologist. Degree in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Presently, she works as a Research Biologist.
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