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Gestational diabetes was only added to the World Health Organization's list of diagnostic codes in 1979. Was this a new phenomenon in 1979? Physicians had known about diabetes for centuries. Had doctors just discovered gestational diabetes in 1979? Insulin had been used to treat diabetes since 1921 and oral medications since the early 1960s. So, why was gestational diabetes not given an official medical code until such a late date? The answer to that question has a lot to do with our social understanding of health and illness.
Advances in medical technology, along with a new interest in the early detection of disease, have fundamentally changed the way we view illness. This has been especially so for chronic illnesses like diabetes. But, diabetes was not always considered a chronic illness. Until the discovery of insulin in 1921 and the realiza...
What is gestational diabetes mellitus? Pregnancy has typically been viewed as a statement of health, as it should be. In the midst of morning sickness, heartburn, exhaustion, and the excitement of pregnancy, women might be oblivious to other changes in their bodies that lead to developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Gestational diabetes is defined as the development of glucose intolerance with the onset or first recognition during pregnancy. This is not to be confused with previously diagnosed diabetes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed as the result of routine glucose tolerance screening on an otherwise healthy population of women. In women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin are unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body's needs. The beta cell defects in gestational diabetes result from the same causes as hyperglycemia in general, and includes autoimmune disease, genetic, and insulin resistance causes. Gesta...
A strong new report in the journal Diabetes Care illustrates why it's so important to control gestational diabetes . Uncontrolled blood sugar appears to greatly increase risk that a child will become overweight or even obese.
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Children of mothers who did not control their blood sugar during pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to be overweight or obese by ages 5 to 7 than kids of those moms with normal glucose. The higher the blood sugar, the higher the risks. But the children of diabetic mothers who controlled their blood sugar during pregnancy with diet, exercise and (if necessary) insulin were no more likely to be too heavy than kids of mothers with normal blood sugar.
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Researchers studied weights of children aged 5 to 7 and compared them to their mothers' blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Children of mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes were almost twice as likely to be overweight or obese than ...
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