What Is Gestational Diabetes And Its Link To Pre-diabetes?
Insulin Resistance and obesity-associated Gestational Diabetes are conditions that develop in the third trimester of pregnancy and affect 4-5% of all pregnant women in the U.S. - around 135,000 cases each year. With Gestational Diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin but it doesn't lower the mother's blood sugar levels. The symptoms are only detectable by laboratory testing. Pregnant women get a urine dip stick test with each pre-natal visit. This test may show glucose in the urine, which will prompt a health care provider to carry out further examinations for the presence of Gestational Diabetes, also known as Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM). To determine if a woman has this condition, she should be tested between 24 and 28 weeks if she is at average risk i.e. has no history of prior Gestational Diabetes and is of regular weight. Women at higher risk should be tested earlier. A patient is considered high risk if she is obese, has glycosuria (glucose in the urine) or has a personal or family history of Gestational Diabetes. Laboratory diagnosis of the condition includes a fasting blood glucose measurement of greater than 126 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) or a random blood gl Continue reading >>