Gestational Diabetes Overview with

November 29th, 2011

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), it is one of the most complicated condition during women's pregnancy. Do not be panic; it is a temporary form of diabetes that is first diagnoses in a pregnant woman. It occurs in about 3 to 8 percentage of pregnant women and it will improve or disappear after birth.

Risk Factors

Any women may develop gestational diabetes, but some women are at high risks. Risk factors for GDM include:

  • If you are over 35
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • You are obese
  • You've had a gestational diabetes in previous pregnancy
  • You've previously give birth to a big baby

Causes, Diagnosis and Test

Gestational diabetes is caused when the body of a pregnant woman is not able to make enough insulin. It is the result of hormonal changes, increased sugar level and weight gain. All the pregnant women should have a glucose-screening test between 24 and 28 weeks. Women who have risk factors of GDM may have the test earlier in the pregnancy.

Most women are recommended to have a glucose screening test (also called a glucose challenge test or GCT). Another more definitive exam called glucose tolerance test (GTT) is available to find out if you may have a problem.


Pregnant women who suffer from GDM will have the similar symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes, including:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increase d hunger
  • Nauseas
  • Skin or vaginal infections
  • Vision problems
  • Weight gain or fatigue

Prevention and Treatment

Gestational diabetes cannot be prevented in some women especially who are likely to develop. But you are able to lower your risk and change of getting gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Treatment for gestational diabetes during pregnancy includes:

  • Check blood sugar levels
  • Eating healthy food
  • Monitor fetal growth
  • Regular or moderate exercise
  • Take insulin therapy if necessary

Insulin is the primary medication used to treat gestational diabetes. Insulin injectionis only used in rare cases of insulin resistance. Most women who have gestational diabetes usually give birth to healthy babies.

Gestational Diabetes Linked to Childhood ADHD

January 4th, 2012

A new study suggests that children born to lower-middle-class mothers who developed diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to experience attention and hyperactivity problems.

Children born into lower income households may aggravate any underlying nervous system deficits. These deficits can stem from a number of factors, one being gestational diabetes. When the mother has gestational diabetes, her blood sugar levels are abnormally high, giving too much to the developing fetus. The fetus may then have to provide energy normally used for nervous system development to absorb the excess glucose.

Gestational diabetes can be treated during pregnancy, but lower-income mothers may not control their diabetes during pregnancy as well as more prosperous mamas, raising risks to the fetus.

Also, "when babies are born into higher socioeconomic status households, they have better access to medical care [and] remedial activities, intellectual stimulus is higher, they have better foods," says Yoko Nomura, lead author of the study.

Therefore, a child exposed to a combination of a lower income and gestational diabetes is fourteen times more likely to develop ADHD before the age of six than a baby born to prosperous household without the exposure to gestational diabetes.

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Levemir Use in Children Approved

May 23rd, 2012

The FDA has approved Novo Nordisk, a pioneer in diabetes care; Levemir for use in children aged two to five with type 1 diabetes.

Levemir (insulin detemir) is a long-acting recombinant human insulin, has been previously used to treat type 1 diabetes from aged five and type 2 diabetes in adults.

Now Levimir is the first and only basal insulin analog for children as young as two years. Levemir insulin and flexpen are available for adults as well as children and will cost a lot less if you buy Levemir from online Canada pharmacy.

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In last month, Levemir was approved for pregnant women with diabetes.