Gestational Diabetes Explained

Gestational Diabetes is the form of diabetes that occurs only in pregnant women. Most of these women have no prior history of any type of diabetes and this fact has baffled scientists. They know of no specific cause but they have some ideas.

It is believed that the hormones from the placenta responsible for the baby’s growth also reduce the woman’s ability to absorb glucose. This results in high blood sugar.

How do you know if you might have gestational diabetes? Here are some of the symptoms you will have to watch out for. If you find you have some of them, get to your doctor for confirmation, the sooner the better:

  • increased thirst
  • blurred vision
  • nausea and vomiting
  • increased urination
  • easily gets tired
  • bladder and yeast infection

Some women may be diagnosed with diabetes before getting pregnant. When this happens, they are known to have pregestational diabetes. What is one to do when this happens? Sit tight for we will show you what to do.

Gestational diabetes may happen so if you're pregnant, you may need to worry about this condition. Do you know what is the statistics on this? About 5% of expecting women have the condition. Watch this video to learn more.

There are various classifications of pregestational diabetes. This sorting is important so treatment can be pointed out depending on the type. There are about seven of these types and it will be a good idea to put them in a separate page where you will be given a link as soon as that page is built.

When the diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy, then this is the first of two types of gestational diabetes, called Type A1. This is if and when diet correction is enough to control glucose levels. The second type is when diet modification is not enough to do the job.

What then is the second type of gestational diabetes? Have you guessed it yet? You’re absolutely right, Type A2. When diet modification is not enough, then insulin treatment and/or other medications are required.


Women Can Reduce Risk of Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy

After developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy women can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if they eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, poultry, nuts and seafood with very little processed meat and red meat. Those who had Mediterranean Diet lowered their risk by 40% while those on the Dash Diet lowered theirs by 46%.

The lowest risk was experienced by those who followed the Healthy Eating Index. These lowered their risk for developing type 2 diabetes by 57%. This was from a new study of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, of the National Institutes of Health.

It is good idea to know the risk factors so you will be alerted to the possibility of developing gestational diabetes. Some of the factors are:

  • ethnic background
  • family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • age

For Type 2 Diabetes, click this. Let’s take the aforementioned risk one at a time. Hispanics, African-Americans and North American natives have higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.

As for the family history of diabetes, it is quite simple. Has there been in your family diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes? If that is so, then you will have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Obesity is also easy to explain. The more obese you are, the higher your risk is in developing gestational diabetes. So you see it is best to keep your weight under control. I know this is difficult to do but we will show you how as this site develops.

The older one is the higher the risk is for developing gestational diabetes, but don’t press the panic button for you will have to weigh this along with the other risk factors. That is why we will show you the rest of the factors on a page all its own.

As you can see, there are various things to do to control this type of diabetes. The treatment is a combination of careful food choices and exercise. Sometimes insulin injections are necessary. You have other options to take control of Gestational Diabetes. You will be provided with a link to more information.

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