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What Does Gestational Diabetes Do To The Baby?

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How Gestational Diabetes Affects You & Your Baby

When you're pregnant, hormone changes can make your blood sugar level rise. Gestational diabetes will raise the odds of pregnancy complications. After you're diagnosed, your doctor or midwife will want to watch your health and your baby's health closely for the rest of your pregnancy. Most women with gestational diabetes have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Getting good treatment makes all the difference. How Will It Affect My Baby? Your higher blood sugar affects your baby, too, since they gets nutrients from your blood. Your baby stores that extra sugar as fat, which can make them grow larger than normal. They're more likely to have certain complications: Injuries during delivery because of their size Low blood sugar and mineral levels when they're born Jaundice, a treatable condition that makes the skin yellowish Pre-term birth Later in life, your baby might have a greater chance of obesity and diabetes. So help your child live a healthy lifestyle -- it can lower their odds for these problems. How Will It Affect Me? You might have: A higher chance of needing a C-section Pre-term birth Your blood sugar will probably return to normal after you give birth. But you'll have a Continue reading >>

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  1. Shokhet

    Type 1 Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by the body's inability to regulate blood sugar due to a disabled pancreas' not producing insulin. People with diabetes regulate their own blood sugar "manually," by administering insulin either by syringe, pen, or pump to lower blood sugar levels, and sugar or glucagon to raise it.
    Different substances can have unintended effects on the treatment of diabetes; for example, caffeine can raise blood sugar (possibly because it can be a stressor) while alcohol will do funky things like raising it and dropping it quickly. Acetaminophen doesn't appear to affect blood sugars, but it can affect the accuracy of a continuous glucose monitor.
    So I'd like to know what, if any, affects melatonin might have on the treatment of T1DM -- has this been studied at all?

  2. anongoodnurse

    It appears that melatonin decreases blood pressure in a way that occurs nocturnally in normal persons. Interestingly, it is being investigated as a possible anti-hypertensive in Type 2 diabetics. It doesn't seem to have any undesirable side effects, making it an ideal anti-hypertensive.
    In patients with diabetes the mean BP during sleep was lower on melatonin than before treatment... In controls there was no significant effect of melatonin on BP. There was no significant effect of sleep duration or number of awakenings on the BP responses.
    It appears to have other effects on T2DM, but that is primarily on beta-cells, which should not affect someone with T1DM.
    Blood pressure-lowering effect of melatonin in type 1 diabetes.

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