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Why is gestational diabetes (GDM) risk highest among select Asian-Americans despite the absence of preconceptional obesity?

Gestational diabetes prevalence is higher among Asian Indians, Filipinos, Southeast Asians, and Chinese compared to White, Black, and Hispanic parturients despite the absence of preconceptional obesity. Dissecting the etiology of elevated GDM risk in these Asian-American subgroups, and evaluating effective interventions (other than weight management) to prevent GDM and reduce future risk of type 2 diabetes are urgently needed

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