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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...
Definition Large for gestational age (LGA) means that a fetus or infant is larger or more developed than normal for the baby's gestational age . Information Gestational age is a measure of the growth and development of the fetus in the uterus and the infant after birth. LGA refers to a fetus or infant who is larger than expected for the age and gender or with a birth weight above the 90th percentile. The measurement is based on the estimated gestational age of the fetus or infant, compared with what is considered normal height, weight, head size, and developmental level for a fetus or infant of the same age and gender. Common causes of a fetus or infant who is large for gestational age are: Gestational diabetes Prolonged pregnancy A baby that is large for gestational age has a higher risk of birth injury and complications of low blood sugar after delivery.
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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