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Gestational Diabetes

Date: 18 May 2009

  • Glucose intolerance which is first recognized during pregnancy. If not well-controlled, there may be problems with the pregnancy and the baby.
  • During pregnancy, expectant mother maybe asked by the doctor to do Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. ( The mother will be asked to drink  a specified glucose drink after overnight fasting. Blood will be taken before glucose drink, 1 hour and 2 hours later).
  • Abnormal glucose level after this glucose load is termed Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.
  • To maintain a nearly normal blood glucose level, dietary control may be sufficient, but if it is not, then the most effective way to regulate the blood glucose level is by insulin injection. 
  • The mother is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

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