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How is gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed?

How is gestational diabetes mellitus diagnosed?

High blood sugar: Pregnancy can make a woman's body resistant to Insulin (similar to type 2 diabetes). If she was not diabetic before being pregnant and meets one of several sets of criteria for diabetes after becoming pregnant, then she may have gestational diabetes. This gives her an increased risk of developing diabetes after delivering the baby. Usually found during routine glucose tolerance testing. Thanks! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Carson
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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more


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How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

How is gestational diabetes diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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Is gestational diabetes curable?

Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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Is gestational diabetes curable?

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. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes treatable?

Dr. Ray Holt Dr. Holt
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Is gestational diabetes treatable?

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. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

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Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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What causes Gestational diabetes?

What causes Gestational diabetes?

Insulin Resistance: Gestational Diabetes is the development of glucose "intolerance" after the diagnosis of pregnancy has been made. During pregnancy, at least 6 factors are produced by the pregnancy that interfere with the body's ability to manage blood sugar by blocking the action of insulin. Age, weight, previous history,, and family history are among the risk factors. Diet,and/or medication (oral or insulin) ...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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Is gestational diabetes a disease?

Is gestational diabetes a disease?

Yes.: Gestational diabetes is when during pregnancy, a woman is unable to produce enough Insulin to regulate her body's blood sugar. Gestational diabetes should be managed carefully to reduce health risks to the woman and her fetus. Also, there is higher risk of developing diabetes in the future. ...Read more

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How is gestational diabetes outcome correlated to polyhydramnios?

How is gestational diabetes outcome correlated to polyhydramnios?

High Sugars Cause It: If mom's blood sugar is high, the baby's is too. The same way high sugars cause an adult to urinate more, this high sugar. Causes the baby to make more urine, and the baby's urine is what makes up the amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Gestational diabetes ? Please define it.

Gestational diabetes ? Please define it.

Gestational diabetes: It's diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy. It accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the us. Anyone can get it and there are risk factors that can increase your risk of getting it. One thing for sure, if you have gestational dm, you are at risk for developing dm lifelong (not just during pregnancy). Thus if you have been diagnosed with gdm, get check for dm every 3 years lifelong. ...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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Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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How is gestational diabetes treated?

Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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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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When is insulin needed for gestational diabetes?

When is insulin needed for gestational diabetes?

Few scenarios: 1) when blood sugar needs to be urgently brought down to normal (maybe because you are feeling very sick from the dm). 2) when your overall diabetes control is so poor that it will take a long time for a pill to bring down your blood sugar. 3) when the baby is already growing faster than expected and time is the essense... ...Read more

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Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Is fasting bgl accurate for diagnosing diabetes?

Yes: It's one way to diagnose diabetes. Another way is to check a a1c. That test does not require fasting. ...Read more

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How common is gestational diabetes?

2-4% of Pregnancies: It varies depending on your risk factors. Women with a body mass index (a BMI classified as "obese") are at higher risk, as are those with a a family history of diabetes, or a personal history of gestational diabetes during a prior pregnancy. Up to 70% of women with it will get diabetes later in life, so you must get testing after delivery, and each year. ...Read more

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At what point is insulin necessary for gestational diabetes?

At what point is insulin  necessary for gestational diabetes?

Insulin NG in GDM: 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. Rx should be directed at reducing Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

How are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus different?

Very different: Diabetes mellitus is the typical "diabetes" that we are familiar with. It's caused by an Insulin problem (too little or just not working well (resistance)) causing elevation in blood sugar. Diabetes insipidus is a water problem characterized by lots of urination and high sodium level. It's caused by an ADH (vasopressin) (antidiuretic hormone) problem (too little or just not working well). ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors in gestational diabetes mellitus?

What are the predisposing factors in gestational diabetes mellitus?

Weight/Genetics: Diabetes often runs in families, and 70% of women with gestational diabetes will get diabetes later in life. Major risks include obesity (body mass index >30), older maternal age, past history of gestational diabetes, and ethnicity (african americans, native americans, south asia/india, hispanic, pacific islanders, and some from the caribbean). Be sure to get re-tested 6-12 weeks after delivery. ...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. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more