Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Gestational Diabetes

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In patients with gestational diabetes, there is a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is diabetes diagnosed for the first-time during pregnancy (gestation).

Insight:

  • Similar to other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how the cells use sugar.
  • Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar that can affect the pregnancy and the baby's health.
  • Expectant mothers can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy foods, exercising, and, if necessary, taking medication.
  • Controlling blood sugar can keep the mother and baby healthy and prevent a difficult delivery.
  • In women with gestational diabetes, blood sugar usually returns to normal soon after delivery.
  • But if the patient has had gestational diabetes, there is a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
  • Risk factors include being overweight, lack of physical activity, and diabetes history in the family.
  • Diagnosis includes blood sugar tests with the provider or specialist.
  • Preventive and treatment tools may include exercise, eating healthy foods, keeping active, and some medications to control the blood sugars

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