There is no known way to actually prevent GDM, particularly since this condition is due to the effects of normal hormones of pregnancy. However, the effects of insulin resistance can be best handled through careful attention to diet, avoiding becoming overweight throughout life, and participating in a reasonable exercise program.
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Mark A. Mitchell
Mark A. Mitchell, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,