Gestational Diabetes

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If you’re diagnosed with GDM, your first order of business will be meeting with a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and a registered dietitian (RD) to develop an eating and treatment plan. In addition to teaching you about blood glucose testing and other basics of managing your gestational diabetes, they can help you with strategies for […]

Gestational Diabetes

Beyond Pregnancy

After you’ve delivered, you’ll have to remain vigilant about your and your child’s health. When you visit your doctor for your postpartum evaluation, your glucose levels will once again be tested. If the results indicate impaired glucose tolerance , you will need to be tested annually for diabetes. If glucose levels are normal, you only […]

Gestational Diabetes

GDM Diagnosis

The first sign that you’ve developed GDM may be glycosuria, or the sudden appearance of glucose in your urine. Virtually every pregnant woman spills a small amount of glucose into her urine, but if your doctor detects significant glycosuria during a routine urine test, she may order a plasma glucose test to measure the level […]

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes mellitus or GDM, is diabetes that women develop during pregnancy. It occurs in about 200,000 cases, or 7 percent, of U.S. pregnancies annually, Some women with GDM will go on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life; it’s been estimated that having GDM in pregnancy increases your […]

Gestational Diabetes

Who Is at Risk?

Your age, ethnicity, weight, and medical history all factor into your risk for developing gestational diabetes. You are considered at an increased risk for gestational diabetes if anyone or more of the following risk factors apply: You belong to certain high risk ethnic groups, including Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. […]