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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

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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Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

Weight/Family Hist.: Obesity is a major risk for any diabetes. The other factor is genetics. There are many women of Asian descent who have a normal weight (and body mass index), but develop gestational or regular diabetes. Obesity is one that people can modify though. ...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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What is the definition or description of: gestational diabetes mellitus?

Gestational DM: Is high blood sugar that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy, usually starting half way thru pregnbancy & is mild. ...Read more

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What is the genetic risk of having a gestational diabetes mellitus?

What is the genetic risk of having a gestational diabetes mellitus?

Depends on Risks: The risk relates to obesity (body mass index>30) or being >110% of ideal body weight, family history of diabetes, ethnic group (eg, hispanic-american, african-american, native american, south or east asian, pacific islander), age >25, history of a baby >9 lbs, maternal birthweight >9lbs (or <6). The one you can control is weight, so work with your doctor if it's too high. ...Read more

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Where can I find information on diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus?

Where can I find information on diagnosis and treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus?

ADA a good source: American diabetes association website is a good start. Http://www. Diabetes. Org/diabetes-basics/gestational/. ...Read more

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Waht is the prognosis of fetus, newborn and mom with gestational diabetes mellitus>?

Waht is the prognosis of fetus, newborn and mom with gestational diabetes mellitus>?

Prognosis: Good for all if the diabetes is well controlled during pregnancy. Work closely with your physicians. Be mindful of what you eat and do. Gestational diabetes is not a death sentence. There are many effective treatment options currently available. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person developing diabetes if they had gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

What are the chances of a person developing diabetes if they had gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Increased risk: Gestational diabetes is a risk factor for adult onset diabetes. Watch your weight, exercise and get yearly check up. ...Read more

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Can you get gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Can you get gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

That is it: Gestational diabetes is the development of diabetes during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the effects of gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

What are the effects of gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Many possible: 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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How can you prevent gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

How can you prevent gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

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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Can gestational diabetes untreated cause false positive for any drugs or drug at delivery?

Can gestational diabetes untreated cause false positive for any drugs or drug at delivery?

No: Untreated gdm increases glucose levels. Glucose should not cause a false positive drug test. ...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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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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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 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

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Can gestational diabetes cause my child to have diabetes?

Can gestational diabetes cause my child to have diabetes?

Yes: There is a lot of evidence to suggest that a baby exposed to high blood sugars in utero is at higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes in later childhood-adulthood. It's important for such children to have healthy lifestyles because becoming overweight or obese increases their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get gestational diabetes?

How common is it for somebody to get gestational diabetes?

Getting more common: Gestational diabetes is reported to happen to 2-10% of pregnant women, but the incidence is increasing in the U.S. Because of the increasing obesity of americans, our relatively poor diets, and sedentary lifestyles. ...Read more

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Found out that I have gestational diabetes. What do I do now?

Check w/your: Doctor and see a good registered dietitian. Monitor your sugar closely and your doctor can determine whether to initiate medication or not. ...Read more

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Can your baby die inside you, if you have gestational diabetes?

Can your baby die inside you, if you have gestational diabetes?

Yes: Not only do you risk early pregnancy loss or increased birth defects with uncontrolled diabetes in pregnancy, but you have the risk of a stillborn in late pregnancy if blood sugars are too high. This is why you need tight glycemic control, not just to avoid a large baby. Fasting cs should be < 100 and 1 hr post prandials < 140. ...Read more

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How should I take care of myself if I have gestational diabetes?

How should I take care of myself if I have gestational diabetes?

Sugar control: Watch your diet, decrease sugars and carbs, exercise daily, and check your sugars. Most gd can be controlled without medication. ...Read more

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Which type of diabetes will I get if I've had gestational diabetes?

Which type of diabetes will I get if I've had gestational diabetes?

Type 2: Under utilization of Insulin receptors. Once you are no longer pregnant your sugar situation/ balance should return as long as your weight returns to a healthier means. Your ob/gyn and primary care md can assist you with this situation as it progresses and after you have your child. ...Read more

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What are some diet recommendations for someone with gestational diabetes?

What are some diet recommendations for someone with gestational diabetes?

Small portions: You need to have an honest, realistic assessment of your calorie needs per day which is generally too much. It is based on your prepregnancy height and weight. You need to eat unprocessed food. Make your food yourself. You need to eat a tremendous amount of vegetables of all sorts. The bulk of your plate should be filled with vegetables. Eat a lot of fish for your protein source. ...Read more

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If I had gestational diabetes with baby number #1, will I have it with baby #2?

If I had gestational diabetes with baby number #1, will I have it with baby #2?

Likely: It's not certain but you are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes with the second one. Keep close eye on it and get tested sooner. ...Read more

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I'm pragnet on my 25weeks and have gestational diabetes its hot where I livr what kind of drinks I can. Have?

I'm pragnet on my 25weeks and have gestational diabetes its hot where I livr what kind of drinks I can. Have?

WATER, diet lemonade: Water, 2% milk, diet lemonade, iced diet tea, diet sodas. Avoid exposure to heat and humidity when pregnant - stay in air-conditioned spaces. ...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. Alan Kelly
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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (Definition)

Is high blood sugar that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy, usually starting half way thru ...Read more