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How does diabetes affect my health if pregnant?

How does diabetes affect my health if pregnant?

Not good.: There are varying degrees of involvement (e.g. Onset during pregnancy, diagnosed before pregnancy, etc..). Risks of big baby, shoulder dystocia, fetal anomalies, mom could develop notable end organ damage (e.g. Eyes, kidney, nerves and other systems), etc... ...Read more

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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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I don't have a history of diabetes. Recent test show glycohemglobin A1c at 8.4. Could this be because im pregnant? Test 6/2013 and 5/2014 show 5.3.

I don't have a history of diabetes. Recent  test show glycohemglobin A1c at 8.4. Could this be because im pregnant? Test 6/2013 and 5/2014 show 5.3.

Rise in HA1c: Yes. This value of HA1c is quite high, and indicates protracted hyperglycemia of significant proportions. Pregnancy can induce gestational diabetes. Your doc must have glucose values. This requires expert management.b ...Read more

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Might i lose my life being pregnant with diabetes?

Might i lose my life being pregnant with diabetes?

Depends: Diabetes in pregnancy, it s considered high risk pregnancy, you should see a maternal-fetal-medicine specialist to talk to you about all the risks present during pregnancy and what your expectations should be. ...Read more

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Can I get diabetes for the first time while pregnant?

Can I get diabetes for the first time while pregnant?

Yes: Gestational diabetes is a common condition affecting about 5% of pregnant women. Patients are screened for this between 24-28 weeks by taking a glucose tolerance test. You drink a 50 g glucose drink followed by a blood test one hour later. ...Read more

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What tests are used to diagnose diabetes when pregnant?

What tests are used to diagnose diabetes when pregnant?

1 or 3 hour GTT: High risk patients are screened with a 1 hour 50 gm tolerance at first visit and everyone again after 24 weeks. If this is high (over 140) a 3 hour glucose tolerance test (100 gm) is performed (fasting, 1, 2, & 3 hour blood draw). Depending on these results, your OB may start fingersticks 5 times per day and modify diet, exercise, and add Insulin if needed. ...Read more

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What should I eat if i'm pregnant with type two diabetes?

What should I eat if i'm pregnant with type two diabetes?

HiNatFat;ModProtein: Since diabetes mellitus, by definition, is ?ed capability to prevent ?es in blood sugar, avoid carbohydrates, especially simple ones, i.e. All sugars. Study: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, mary enig, peter attia, gary taubes, fatchance.Html, science for smart people, dietdoctor.Com, . ...Read more

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Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Are pregnant women at a greater risk for developing diabetes?

Sort of...: Pregnant women can develop gestational diabetes which can lead to complications for the mother and child, but generally disappears after the end of pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women?

What is the type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women?

Gestational diabetes: It is called gestational diabetes if a woman who only has high blood glucose while pregnant. These women are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. ...Read more

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What should I know if I have diabetes and I want to get pregnant?

What should I know if I have diabetes and I want to get pregnant?

See expert ASAP: Before trying to conceive (ttc), see an expert--perinatologist or mfm subspecialist or endocrinologist with experience with diabetes in pregnancy. Have tests of heart, kidneys, eyes, hgba1c. Improve glycemic control with ada diet, exercise, Insulin under md care. Take folate (folic acid). When stable, then try. Let doctors know as soon as you think you might be pregnant. This is best approach for you and baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more