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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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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


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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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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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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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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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 treated?

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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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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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Is diabetes curable?

Is diabetes curable?

Possibly : Scientific community, while acknowledge the benefits of exercises and healthy lifestyle in treating diabetes, differ when it comes to the claims of permanently curing disease.Physicians and surgeons are studying pancreatic transplant in patients with uncontrolled type 1 diabetes, but with a functioning kidney. Islet cell transplant from pancreas of deceased to live patient another possibility. ...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 diabetes cured?

Is diabetes cured?

No: It can be controlled and in most instances patients can live full and productive, long, healthy lives; however, there is currently no known "cure" for wither type 1 or 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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Is diabetes preventable?

Is diabetes preventable?

6 ways 2 cut DM risk: Overwhelmed by the thought of overhauling your diet & lifestyle? Small changes can fend off Diabetes: 1) Give up soda (try green tea,H2O, unsweetened juice); 2) Move after meals (stroll); 3) Eat more "good" fat (Mediterranean diet); 4) Get up already (don't sit--move for 2 minutes every 1/2 hour); 5) Bulk up with strength training; 6) Savor your food (eat slowly with smaller portions). (AARP2014) ...Read more

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Is albuminuria in diabetes curable?

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Is albuminuria in diabetes curable?

Maybe, maybe not: Curable is probably the wrong word, as albuminuria is not a disease. It's a sign that the kidneys are not filtering properly. You can reduce the amount of Albumin that your kidneys spill into your urine by taking a medicine called an ace inhibitor or an arb. The dose may need to be titrated up to get your blood pressure down and to reduce the albuminuria. This helps to protect the kidneys. ...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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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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Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Yes: Diabetic retinopathy is very treatable with laser, steroids, and a new class of medicines called vegf inhibitors. The specific treatment needed depends on the type and extent of the retinopathy. The most important thing is that early treatment always gives the best results. Diabetics need to be monitored at least every year to evaluate for any retinopathy. ...Read more

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For gestational diabetes what is 150 sugar level?

For gestational diabetes what is 150 sugar level?

Depends: What your level should be depends on when you took it. The ideal for your sugar before you eat in the morning is about 90. 2 hours after meals should be less than 120 and one hour after a meal should be 130. If you are talking about the screening for gestational diabetes (a one hour glucose tolerance test) then cut off is 130-140 for normal. ...Read more

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Is diabetes genetic?

Is diabetes genetic?

Yes: Type 2 diabetes is well know to run in families but type 1 diabetes does as well. Epidemiologic data shows that 1 in 400-500 people in the general population develops type 1 diabetes, but 1 in 20 people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has type 1 diabetes. However, research shows that genes don't tell the whole story and it suggests that unknown environmental factors also contribute. ...Read more

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How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

Eye exam.: An eye doctor, usually an ophthalmologist or a specialist in the diseases of the retina, diagnosis diabetic retinopathy through a careful eye exam that includes dilating the pupils. Other tests of the may also be performed using photographs, computer scans (oct), or injecting a dye into a vein in the arm and analyzing the dye's flow through the blodd vessels in the back of the eye (fa). ...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