Gestational Diabetes

Definition of Gestational Diabetes:

Gestational diabetes is defined as any degree of glucose intolerance with the onset or first recognition occurring during pregnancy.  Many pregnant women do not notice any symptoms of diabetes, but urine and blood tests may show that they have it.  Symptoms of diabetes may include thirst, weight loss, eating too much, urinating in large quantities and unexplained fatigue.

Topics Related to Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes Type II

...the condition
“...Interestingly, women who have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds are also at increased risk, as are women who have had diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).  Even apparently healthy people, especially if they are overweight, sedentary or over 25, lose sensitivity to insulin...”

Gestational Diabetes Tendency

...the condition
“Finding out that you have gestational diabetes can be very frightening...”
...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“By impairing pancreatic insulin production, vitamin B6 deficiency may increase the tendency towards hyperglycemia in cases of gestational diabetes.  Supplementation with vitamin B6 may be beneficial during this condition...”
...relationship to Potassium Need
“By impairing pancreatic insulin production, potassium deficiency may increase the tendency towards hyperglycemia in cases of gestational diabetes...”
...relationship to Magnesium Requirement
“By impairing pancreatic insulin production, magnesium deficiency may increase the tendency towards hyperglycemia in cases of gestational diabetes...”
...relationship to Diabetes Type II
“Previous gestational diabetes has been established as an additional risk factor for developing adult onset diabetes.”
...relationship to Chromium Deficiency
“Impaired chromium utilization may be a cause of gestational diabetes.  By impairing pancreatic insulin production, chromium deficiency may increase the tendency towards hyperglycemia in gestational diabetes...”
...relationship to Aerobic Exercise Need
“Exercising during pregnancy stimulates glucose transport and can help control gestational diabetes without the use of insulin...”
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More topics Related to Gestational Diabetes

Glucose Tolerance Test a treatment
“...The oral glucose tolerance test is used to screen pregnant women for gestational diabetes at between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation Vitamin D
“...Other research points to vitamin D as a possible adjunct therapy for premature babies with respiratory distress syndrome and for women with gestational diabetes.  The U.S. RDA is 400 IU or 10mg.”
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