Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that affects pregnant women. This can cause impacts on the fetus during its development (e.g. macrosomia), and impacts on the motherís health during pregnancy. However, the good news is that it usually resolves after birth, and also that the baby does ...

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Introduction: Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops only during pregnancy. Diabetes means a personís blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Our bodies uses glucose for energy. Too much glucose in the blood is not ...1

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Symptoms of Gestational Diabetes

For pregnant women, swelling in the hands and face and may also be symptoms of gestational diabetes. ...Source: NICHD (NIH)2 ...

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Complications of Gestational Diabetes

Will gestational diabetes hurt my baby? Most women who have gestational diabetes give birth to healthy babies, especially when they keep their blood sugar under control, eat a healthy diet, get regular, moderate physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight ...3

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Causes of Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy causes many different changes to the body, including changes to metabolism that result in gestational diabetes. These changes are usually the result of hormones produced during pregnancy that keep insulin from doing its job. ...Source: NICHD (NIH)4 ...

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Causes List for Gestational Diabetes

Some possible causes of Gestational Diabetes or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Gestational Diabetes

Some types of this condition may include:6 Types of Gestational Diabetes:

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Types of Gestational Diabetes

Types may include:7

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Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes

How do health care providers diagnose diabetes? The most common test for diagnosing any kind of diabetes is a one-step approach called the oral glucose tolerance test. Prior to the test, you canít eat or drink anything (except ...8

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Genetics of Gestational Diabetes

Genes and family history Having a family history of diabetes makes it more likely that a woman will develop gestational diabetes, which suggests that genes play a role. Genes may also explain why the disorder occurs more often in African ...9

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Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and people with a family history of diabetes than in other groups. Obesity is also associated with higher risk. ...Source: CDC10 ...

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Treatments: Gestational Diabetes

There are some things that women with gestational diabetes can do to keep themselves well and their pregnancies healthy. Controlling gestational diabetes is the key to a healthy pregnancy. ...Source: NICHD (NIH)11 ...

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Prevention of Gestational Diabetes

Can diabetes be prevented? Type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes cannot currently be prevented, but this is an active area of research. ...Source: NICHD (NIH)12 ...

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Research for Gestational Diabetes

To address this public health problem, CDC researchers have developed several collaborative projects targeted particularly for postpartum women who had a GDM affected pregnancy.

  • CDC and Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) conducted a study that revealed that postpartum glucose screening among ...
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  1. Source: CDC: diabetes/ basics/ gestational.html
  2. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ diabetes/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ symptoms.aspx
  3. Source: NICHD (NIH): publications/ pubs/ gest_diabetes/ Pages/ sub2.aspx
  4. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ diabetes/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ causes.aspx
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  7. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  8. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ diabetes/ conditioninfo/ pages/ diagnosed.aspx
  9. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ diabetes/ overview/ symptoms-causes
  10. Source: CDC: diabetes/ basics/ diabetes.html
  11. Source: NICHD (NIH): publications/ pubs/ gest_diabetes/ Pages/ sub1.aspx
  12. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ diabetes/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ faqs.aspx

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