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What hormonal changes lead to gestational diabetes?

What hormonal changes lead to 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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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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During pregnancy, can consumption of fruits by itself lead to problems such as gestational diabetes?

During pregnancy, can consumption of fruits by itself lead to problems such as gestational diabetes?

Unlikely: Your body is very good at regulating blood sugar. In a normal person, if you eat too much of anything, your body will just adjust and pump out more Insulin to keep blood sugar normal. Blood sugar will only rise if there is a problem with Insulin (resistance or production)... ...Read more

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How common is gestational diabetes?

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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How can I treat gestational diabetes?

How can I treat gestational diabetes?

Doc's orders: Of course follow your OB's orders, but drinking 8 glasses of water a day. No Sodas, sweet tea or sweet anything. Eat fresh fruits, and salads. Whole grains. Try some new cookbooks to experiment. Take long daily walks if your OB says its ok. It will directly remove excess sugar from the bloodstream. "Eating for two" is not necessary. Thanks for taking such an active role in your health ...Read more

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How likely is getting gestational diabetes?

How likely is getting gestational diabetes?

Depends: Some patients will get gestational diabetes with no apparent risk factors. Other patients who are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, or have had a history of carbohydrate intolerance in the past have a higher chance of getting gestational diabetes. Controlling blood sugar levels during pregnancy is critical both for the health of the baby and the mom. ...Read more

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I am puzzled about gestational diabetes test?

I am puzzled about gestational diabetes test?

There are: Fixed definitions of blood sugars that make the diagnosis if you have it valuable, as appropriate therapy can reduce adverse outcomes to mom, fetus, and infant when born. ...Read more

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Which type of diet is for gestational diabetes?

Which type of diet is for gestational diabetes?

Nutritionist: Most of the obstetricians I have worked with referred women with gestational diabetes to a class on the subject or to work with a nutritionist. I think this is quiet important. Frankly, it would be difficulty to teach the concepts of eating with diabetes in 400 words or less. ...Read more

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When did gestational diabetes become discovered?

When did gestational diabetes become discovered?

Depends: Doctors in the early 1960s began recognizing that wom en with glucose levels in the upper ranges were more prone to problems and later to diabetes. It was not until a congress in about 1990 that glucose testing became standard and gestational diabetes really understood and nationally recognized and treated. I know my last child was born in 1980 and i was never tested! ...Read more

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What causes gestational diabetes and how can I avoid it?

What causes gestational diabetes and how can I avoid it?

Insulin resistance: If you have a family history of diabetes, you are already predisposed to having Insulin resistance. As you gain weight with pregnancy and the hormonal changes take place, you increase Insulin exposure and become more Insulin resistant till you can no longer keep up with demands and start spilling sugar (as they say). Avoid by eating no sugar, minimal carbs, keep pregnancy weight gain to <25 if ove. ...Read more

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How can gestational diabetes affects our spouses and family?

How can  gestational diabetes affects our spouses and family?

It shouldn't: That is, as long as you follow your doctor's instructions ! patients with gestational diabetes are considered high risk and should follow their doctor's instructions very carefully to keep their sugars under control. This way, there is a much better chance of having a healthy pregnancy, healthy delivery and healthy baby. That will make your spouse and family very, very happy. ...Read more

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What are the delivery comlications with gestational diabetes?

What are the delivery comlications with  gestational diabetes?

C-section, dystocia.: Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus in pregnancy can cause large fetus (macrosomia) and increase the risk of labor dystocia requiring cesarean section, or even shoulder dystocia with severe complications. Large babies can also cause uterine atony and severe postpartum hemorrhage. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

Many: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gestational diabetes?

What is the definition or description of: gestational diabetes?

1st Dx in pregnancy : Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that's first noticed during pregnancy. Hormones increase blood sugar levels during pregnancy. If levels get too high, it's called gestational diabetes. Some moms have had high sugars before pregnancy, but haven't been tested. That's why moms with gdm should have sugars checked again after birth. ...Read more

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What things increase my chances of getting gestational diabetes?

What things  increase my chances of getting gestational diabetes?

Several risk factors: Being hispanic, having strong family history, a previously large (>4 kilos) baby, polyhydramnios, obesity and increasing age all can significantly increase your chances for gestational diabetes mellitus. ...Read more

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Have you had gestational diabetes and went on to have a healthy baby?

Have you had gestational diabetes and went on to have a healthy baby?

Every day: Anyone with type 2 diabetes is at somewhat higher risk with a pregnancy for both difficulty in maintaining control & some risks for the baby. With close monitoring by your health care team you should be able to have a healthy baby.With poor control, the babies are more at risk for needing time on IV glucose after delivery but i seldom see more worrisome complications. ...Read more

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Gestational diabetes question? What are the first symptoms that you might have it?

Varies: The symptoms vary with each person. Some has no symptoms but the 4 common symptoms are: increased thirst, increased urination, increased hunger and blurred vision. ...Read more

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I have gestational diabetes and i'm suppose to be at 130 but i just went up 139..Is this dangerous?

I have gestational diabetes and i'm suppose to be at 130 but i just went up 139..Is this dangerous?

Any and every bit: Higher than the recommended levels increases your risk of damage to the fetus. While this is not a major risk at 139, it is not as well controlled as it should be. Check w/your diabetes team and improve your performance to insure a quality offspring. ...Read more

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