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do lots of people get gestational diabetes, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Pregnancy diabetes: Abnormal maternal glucose regulation occurs in 3-10% of pregnancies. In 2-4% of pregnancies it is severe enough to be considered diabetes. Only 1.5-2% of white women develop gestational diabetes mellitus, whereas native americans from the southwestern United States may have rates as high as 15%. In hispanic, black, and Asian populations, the incidence is 5-8%. This is pretty common.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Gestational diabetes: About 5 - 10 % of women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Women who have a strong family history of diabetes type ii are at particular risk. Other factors that increase the risk are age, obesity, and a twin pregnancy.

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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.
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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 36-year-old member asked:

What should I be eating in pregnancy if I have diabetes?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Protein: The goal is to maintain steady, stable blood sugars and avoid the spikes and falls that occur with simple carb intake. Every meal should have a protein, it helps maintain blood sugar levels. Avoid the "whites": sugar, rice and white bread. Eat complex carbs instead, brown rice and whole grain breads. Veggies are great, but watch the fruits, they can be high in sugar.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the serious vision problems that can result from diabetes?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Cataracts&RETINITIS: Patients with diabetes need regular yearly eye exam to have retinal exam and check for glaucoma and cataract.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Should I forgo western medicine and try chinese herbal medicine to treat my diabetes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: I am a medical doctor a would have to say no. All the studies i know about tell me that western medicine works for diabetes. I don't know anything about chinese herbal medicine.

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