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I do not want to start insulin. My friend who started insulin now has to stay on it forever.
This is true to all patients with type 1 diabetes and partially true to certain people with type 2 diabetes. For patients with type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin and so will need     more
Question Posted:
2011-01-25 18:01
Good evening. I had gestation diabetes when I was pregnant with my first child, but not with my second child. I heard that if you do have gestation diabetes, you are much more likely to get Diabetes Type 2 in your later years. What are the statistics on this? Thank you.
You are correct. However the good news is if you could lose 10% of your pre-pregnancy weight in the first year following delivery, you can significantly reduce your chance for developing type 2 diabetes. Of course, diabetes prevention is after all a life long effort. Balance diet, regular exercise and weight reduction are all important and necessary steps towards good health.  If nothing is done, the statistics tell us that individuals with gestational diabetes have  50% chance for developing type 2 diabetes in 15 years.
Answer by: William Hsu, M.D.