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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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What is gestational diabetes?

What is gestational diabetes?

Temporary Diabetes: Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant 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. ...Read more

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What causes gestational diabetes ?

What causes gestational diabetes ?

Insulin resistance: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse. . Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm. ...Read more

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How is gestational diabetes treated?

How is gestational diabetes treated?

Diet and/or insulin: Diet and safe exercise are most important in the management of gestational diabetes, and often these alone can control the condition. Insulin, and in some cases oral diabetic medication, can be added if diet & exercise are not providing adequate control. Mothers should check their blood sugars several times daily and keep a glucose log to bring to OB appointments. ...Read more

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What are the implications of having gestational diabetes?

What are the implications of having gestational diabetes?

Potentially severe.: The risks linked to gestational diabetes mellitus include: fetus exceeding its growth potential (too big) even ending with macrosomia, polyhydramnios, cesarean section, neonatal hypoglycemia/jaundice, and late fetal demise. Long-term effects include an increased risk for your fetus to develop diabetes/hypertension/coronary artery disease and metabolic syndrome in adulthood. ...Read more

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Whatt are longterm consequences of having gestational diabetes?

Whatt are longterm consequences of having gestational diabetes?

Develop type 2 DM: Gestational dm usually goes away after pregnancy but you are at risk for developing diabetes again in subsequent pregnancies. The risk is as high as 66%. People with gestational dm are also more likely to develop permanent type 2 diabetes. Data from the nih estimate this risk to be 7 times more than women who did not get gestational dm. The good news is with diet/exercise, you can lower this risk. ...Read more

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Do I need a test for gestational diabetes?

Do I need a test for gestational diabetes?

Yes: The american college of obstetrics and gynecology recommends that you take this test sometime between 24-28 weeks. They also recognize that if you are very low risk, you may not necessarily need to take this. Talk to your doctor to see what your risk level is. ...Read more

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Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Can i eat cashew nuts in gestational diabetes?

Yes: Tree nuts, like cashews, are great sources of healthy oil, protein and calcium. All of those are nutrients you need right now. They do not raise blood sugar levels and blunt to blood sugar raising effects of other foods. People who eat nuts are, on average 10 lbs lighter than other people. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

What are the treatments for gestational diabetes?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for gestational diabetes?

What is the best treatment for gestational diabetes?

Diet and exercise: The best treatment, for mom and baby, involves keeping the blood sugar (glucose) value stable and in an acceptable range. That involves a combination of eating properly and exercising as allowed. Some women also need to take medication. In all cases, frequent monitoring of the blood glucose is required. Monitoring of the baby is also typically done during visits at the ob's office. ...Read more

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Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Gestational Diabetes (Definition)

Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away, although she has a higher chance of getting non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the future. With gestational diabetes, hormones from the pregnancy ...Read more


Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestational diabetes is the onset of diabetes in the mother during pregnancy. Symptoms include increased thirst and increased urination, and may lead to a ...Read more