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what are some breakfast ideas for someone with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
High protein: In general, for gestational dm, docs encourage pts to eat more protein, and fewer carbs. For breakfast, this might mean switching from a large bowl of cereal with a splash of milk to a bowl of yogurt with granola, cereal, or fruit added. Cheese and nuts can add some options to typical eggs and breakfast meats.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
2% milk/cereal.: 2% white milk with cereal (without added sugar) such as cheerios with cinnamon would be a great idea. Fruit in moderation +/- greek yogurt could also be part of your breakfast, as could eggs, in moderation. Avoid orange juice, chocolate milk, sugar and deserts!

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
A number of things: There are many risk factors. Some ethnic groups are more at risk than others. Being overweight also increases your risk. Overall, genetics play a huge role in developing diabetes. There are hormones in pregnancy that also interfere with your body. To reduce your risk, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Diet and exercise: We start with a diabetic diet and regular exercise. If your sugars are still high, we can try oral medications (like glyburide). If you have very high sugars, we use Insulin injections to control the sugars.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What test do doctors conduct to see if I have gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Richard Chudacoff
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
1 hour glucose test: Around 28 weeks a one hour glucose test is performed. If the level is high a three hours glucose tolerance test is performed. If that test comes back abnormal a diagnosis of gestational diabetes is given.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can I take care of myself if I have gestational diabetes?

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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Multiple specialist : My advice see an ophthalmologist, endocrinologist, an obstetrician who deals with high risk pregnancy, diabetes education team, nutritionist, a pediatrician who is familiar with diabetes mothers, and the most important a primary care doctor who coordinates all these specialists and help you make decisions. This pcp can be your family doctor or your obstetrician.

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