Pomegranate for gestational diabetes - Doctor answers

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Are pomegranates safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Are pomegranates safe to eat if you have gestational diabetes?

Pomegranates: Pomegranates are a healthy, low calorie, high-antioxidant-power fruit. It's a nice add-in to an otherwise healthy diet for gestational diabetes or otherwise. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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Question: what is gestational diabetes really?

Question: what is gestational diabetes really?

Pregnancy: 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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Can I die from gestational diabetes if I ignore it?

Can I die from gestational diabetes if I ignore it?

Harm you & baby: If left untreated, it can at the very least cause the baby to grow so much that your risk during delivery, and the risk to the baby increase tremendously. Your sugar can go so high up that you become dehydrated, develop severe acidity of the blood, and maybe go into a coma. ...Read more

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What are the complications in 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 are the concerns with having gestational diabetes?

Concern of gestation: The major concern if left untreated can be a large baby. Sometimes diet is enough to reolve the increased blood suga, though sometime oral medications or even insul if this happens the baby might be too big to deliver vaginally. You would probably require antenatal testing and ultrasounds later in your pregancy to make sure the baby is doing ok. Also ther is a slightly higher risk that you cou. ...Read more

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How could I tell if I have gestational diabetes or not?

How could I tell if I have gestational diabetes or not?

A GTT: A 2 hour glucose tolerance test at about 28 weeks is now the standard of care for diagnosing gestational diabetes. If any one value is abnormal, you will need to have further evaluation, and blood sugar monitoring with treatment as possible diet control, possible oral medicine, possible insulin. ...Read more

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What should I expect my diet to be while I have gestational diabetes?

What should I expect my diet to be while I have gestational diabetes?

Balanced: You'll be referred to a dietician to review the types of food and how much. You should avoid simple carbohydrates such as desserts and white flour. Brown grains are much better at helping avoid spikes in the blood sugar. You still need "carbs", just balance them with protein and fats. ...Read more

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How come I have gestational diabetes, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have gestational diabetes, but nobody else in the family has it?

Anyone can get it: Gestational DM accounts for about 7% of all pregnancies in the US. Anyone can get it and there are risk factors (mentioned by Dr. Higginbotham) 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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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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Is gestational diabetes treatable?

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

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