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what is gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Temporary Diabetes: Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregnant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away. Having gestational diabetes does not mean that a woman will go one to develop diabetes in the absence of pregnancy but it is a risk factor.
Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Diabetes...: That occurs during pregnancy obstetricians standard care looks for patients who develop it puts both mother and fetus at risk for adverse outcomes.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Glucose tolerance: Gestational diabetes is diagnosed with a glucose tolerance test, more precisely, 1 hour glucose tolerance test. That implies taking a 75 gram glucose load (usually a sweetened drink is served) and measurement of glucose 1 hour after that. The test doesn't need to be done on empty stomach. If abnormal, it is followed by the 3 hour glucose tolerance test that is done on empty stomach.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is gestational diabetes curable?

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Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Possibly.: Gestational diabetes usually goes away on its own after delivery. However, it is possible that women with gestational diabetes may continue to have problems with Insulin resistance after their pregnancy, and are at higher risk of going on to develop diabetes. They are also more likely to have gestational diabetes in subsequent pregnancies.
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Dr. Zahid Nazir commented
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Gestational diabetes does indicate that a person has insulin resistence state. That means when ever there is lack of activity or weight increase blood sugar tend to go high because glocose consupmtion becomes defective. Dieabetes could be prevented for a long times before it comes on the surface by regular exercise and weight reduction.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

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Dr. James Chu
Endocrinology 25 years experience
Yes, but partially: Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient (leading to high sugars) are often transmitted in the genetic make-up. However, gestational diabetes is also strongly related to other non-hereditary factors like age, weight, physical activity levels, and diet habits.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is gestational diabetes treatable?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Sure: If it's mild, diet and exercise may be all that's needed. If it's more severe you may need Insulin to control the blood sugars to help avoid complications. Also be aware that you're at risk to develop diabetes later in life too and should be checked occassionally for it.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What causes gestational diabetes ?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Obesity/age/hormones: Excessive maternal weight for height, increasing maternal age, poor dietary habits, family history and placental hormones can all contribute to cause gestational diabetes mellitus in any one pregnant woman. Other risk factors are hispanic race/ethnicity, increasing number of previous pregnancies and multifetal pregnancies (twins, triplets etc).

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