Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy on the Rise

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A study shows gestational diabetes in pregnant women rose between 2011 and 2019 here in the United States. Image for illustration purposes
study shows gestational diabetes in pregnant women rose between 2011 and 2019 here in the United States. Image for illustration purposes

Mega Doctor News

CLEVELAND CLINIC – A study shows gestational diabetes in pregnant women rose between 2011 and 2019 here in the United States.

So, what is causing the concerning trend?

“There are a lot of risk factors for it. Some of the risk factors are things that are inherent to the way women are living their reproductive lives, “explained Salena Zanotti, MD, gynecologist and obstetrician for Cleveland Clinic. “Women are older, and we know age is a risk factor for diabetes. Unfortunately, obesity is a big problem in this country and that is a major risk factor for gestational diabetes as well as pre-gestational diabetes.”

For those unfamiliar, gestational diabetes develops when a pregnant woman’s blood sugar levels get too high.

It’s typically detected when their healthcare provider conducts a test around 24 to 28 weeks.

Symptoms are rare, but in some cases, gestational diabetes may cause frequent urination, nausea, thirst and tiredness.

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If left untreated, it can increase a pregnant woman’s risk of a C-section, preeclampsia and type two diabetes.

It can also increase the baby’s risk of breathing problems, obesity, premature birth and type two diabetes.

To help avoid these issues, Dr. Zanotti recommends the following tips.

“Being the healthiest you can be. There’s not much we can do about our age if we’re going to be older. But, being the best weight we can, you know if you are obese or overweight, that increases your risk, so trying to lose weight and have a healthy lifestyle. Those are things that can help reduce that risk,” she said.

There is medication available to help manage gestational diabetes, but most women can keep their blood sugar levels low through diet and exercise.

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