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Is gestational diabetes a dominant or recessive trait?

Is gestational diabetes a dominant or recessive trait?

Complex disease: Gestational diabetes (gdm), like type 2 diabetes, are related metabolic conditions with strong inherited genetic tendencies --- but multiple genes are involved in their expression (appearance in any person). So gdm is neither a dominant nor recessive trait. Whether a person gets gdm is also strongly impacted by age, weight, exercise levels, dietary factors, which are not genetically determined. ...Read more

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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


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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 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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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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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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Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

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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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 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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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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Can you die from gestational diabetes?

Can you die from gestational diabetes?

No!: No! gestational diabetes goes away after your baby is delivered. Having gestational diabetes does increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes down the road, but you can reduce that risk by maintaining a normal weight, limiting simple carbohydrates (sugar, white flour) in your diet, and exercising regularly. ...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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Can exercise help gestational diabetes?

Can exercise help gestational diabetes?

Yes: Activity such as walking, or moderate exercise after meals can help lower sugars a bit, but women still need to follow the diet, check sugars, and possibly take meds. Don't think that "more exercise" (such as a marathon) is a substitute for the diet/medication treatment. While it was done, and we don't know exactly how much exercise is "safe", i'm not confident that a marathon is the best idea. ...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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How can I cope with gestational diabetes?

How can I cope with gestational diabetes?

Lo carb, no sugar: 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. A lo carb, no sugar diet is effective for many women. ...Read more

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How to know you have gestational diabetes?

How to know you have gestational diabetes?

Gestational Diabetes: Talk to your doctor who is managing your pregnancy about this. It is pretty routine to be tested. ...Read more

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Can gestational diabetes go away by itself?

Can gestational diabetes go away by itself?

Sort of: Gestational diabetes often resolves shortly after delivery of the baby. However, once you have gestational diabetes, you are at increased risk for developing type ii diabetes later in life. ...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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How often could gestational diabetes go away?

How often could gestational diabetes go away?

Most of the time: Most of the time, right after the baby delivers. However, patients with gestational diabetes are at higher risk for developing diabetes later and should be checked periodically by their doctor. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help to avert type 2 diabetes in many patients, but not always. ...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


Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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