Gestational Diabetes

Common Name(s)

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that may develop in pregnant women. It affects about 18% of all pregnancies. In this type of diabetes, the mother has high levels of glucose (sugar) in her blood due to an inability to respond appropriately to a chemical called insulin. Insulin is a messenger that tells the body to break down sugars to make energy needed for daily life. For people with gestational diabetes, however, their body cannot convert sugar to energy the same way most people’s does. Gestational diabetes typically requires treatment during pregnancy to prevent complications of the condition to the mother and baby, but will usually resolve after delivery of the child. Treatment for gestational diabetes includes diet and exercise, although medication may become necessary if diet and exercise are not sufficient. One of the potential complications of gestational diabetes is macrosomia, meaning that the baby is excessively large at birth. This can lead to complications during the delivery and can put the child at risk for obesity and diabetes later in life.

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Following organizations serve the condition "Gestational Diabetes" for support, advocacy or research.

Sidelines National Support Network

Sidelines provides support, education, advocacy and resources to women and their families experiencing a complicated high-risk pregnancy or premature birth.

Last Updated: 4 Apr 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Gestational Diabetes" for support, advocacy or research.

Sidelines National Support Network

Sidelines provides support, education, advocacy and resources to women and their families experiencing a complicated high-risk pregnancy or premature birth.

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Last Updated: 4 Apr 2013

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Gestational Diabetes" returned 1064 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A Mediterranean diet with additional extra virgin olive oil and pistachios reduces the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): A randomized controlled trial: The St. Carlos GDM prevention study.
 

Author(s): Carla Assaf-Balut, Nuria García de la Torre, Alejandra Durán, Manuel Fuentes, Elena Bordiú, Laura Del Valle, Cristina Familiar, Ana Ortolá, Inés Jiménez, Miguel A Herraiz, Nuria Izquierdo, Noelia Perez, María J Torrejon, María I Ortega, Francisco J Illana, Isabelle Runkle, Maria P de Miguel, Carmen Montañez, Ana Barabash, Martín Cuesta, Miguel A Rubio, Alfonso L Calle-Pascual

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevalence is increasing and becoming a major public health concern. Whether a Mediterranean diet can help prevent GDM in unselected pregnant women has yet to be studied.

Last Updated: 19 Oct 2017

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Comparative efficacy and safety of oral antidiabetic drugs and insulin in treating gestational diabetes mellitus: An updated PRISMA-compliant network meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Hui-Ling Liang, Shu-Juan Ma, Yan-Ni Xiao, Hong-Zhuan Tan

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Sep;96(38):e7939.

 

The safety and efficacy of different drugs in treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) patients who could not maintain normal glucose level only through diet and exercise remains to be debated. We performed this network meta-analysis (NAM) to compare and rank different antidiabetic ...

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2017

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Risk of glucose intolerance and gestational diabetes mellitus in relation to maternal habitual snoring during early pregnancy.
 

Author(s): Chunfang Qiu, Wayne Lawrence, Bizu Gelaye, Lee Stoner, Ihunnaya O Frederick, Daniel A Enquobahrie, Tanya K Sorensen, Michelle A Williams

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or habitual snoring is known to be associated with impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes among both men and non-pregnant women. We examined the association of habitual snoring during early pregnancy with risk of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) ...

Last Updated: 19 Sep 2017

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The terms "Gestational Diabetes" returned 128 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Risk factor screening to identify women requiring oral glucose tolerance testing to diagnose gestational diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis and analysis of two pregnancy cohorts.
 

Author(s): Diane Farrar, Mark Simmonds, Maria Bryant, Debbie A Lawlor, Fidelma Dunne, Derek Tuffnell, Trevor A Sheldon

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Easily identifiable risk factors including: obesity and ethnicity at high risk of diabetes are commonly used to indicate which women should be offered the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) to diagnose gestational diabetes (GDM). Evidence regarding these risk factors is limited however. ...

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2017

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MECHANISMS IN ENDOCRINOLOGY: Epigenetic modifications and gestational diabetes: a systematic review of published literature.
 

Author(s): Gunn-Helen Moen, Christine Sommer, Rashmi B Prasad, Line Sletner, Leif Groop, Elisabeth Qvigstad, Kåre I Birkeland

Journal: Eur. J. Endocrinol.. 2017 May;176(5):R247-R267.

 

To summarize the current knowledge on epigenetic alterations in mother and offspring subjected to gestational diabetes (GDM) and indicate future topics for research.

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2017

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Circulating Betatrophin Levels and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Fei-Juan Kong, Lei-Lei Ma, Ge Li, Yi-Xin Chen, Jia-Qiang Zhou

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The association between circulating betatrophin levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is controversial. The aim of our study was to systematically review available literature linking betatrophin to GDM for a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between circulating ...

Last Updated: 12 Jan 2017

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2017

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Evaluation of Education for Gestational Diabetes
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Gestational Diabetes

 

Last Updated: 6 Nov 2017

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High Dose Cholecalciferol to Reduce the Incidence of Gestational Diabetes in High Risk Pregnant Women
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Gestational Diabetes

 

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2017

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