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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

How to Overcome It for a Healthy Pregnancy

Diabetes, a disorder of blood glucose levels, isn't just restricted to adults with faulty genes, bad luck, or troublesome dietary habits. Unknown to many, gestational diabetes mellitus attacks women late during pregnancy. This disorder can be a danger to mothers, and a stern threat to new babies. However, recognizing its onset is reasonably simple, and critical to seeking proper care and treatment.

Diabetic Symptoms

Gestational diabetes is notoriously difficult to recognize, barring a formal screening with specific criteria that identify glucose and insulin abnormalities. Yet, several clues are there. Excess urination, sweating, thirst, and massive swings in energy levels throughout the day are clear indicators. Still, these should always be diagnosed by a professional, since each symptom easily overlaps with other conditions.


An ounce of prevention is the best treatment, and getting an evaluation before pregnancy, or in its early stages can help diagnose and manage gestational diabetes. If contracted, regular checkups examining blood sugar levels are part of the normal repertoire. Patients can also expect to keep a glucose monitor at home. This is similar to those with more sinister forms of non-pregnancy related diabetes.

In more extreme cases, insulin medications and insulin regulators are assigned to women for the pregnancy's duration. These additions help ensure proper glucose levels are reached and maintained at a healthy level each day. When it comes to treating any diabetes, stabilizing the condition is most important.

There are also schools of alternative medicine which believe this condition, like others, is due to mineral and nutrient deficiencies. A natural treatment course for gestational diabetes seeks to douse the body with generous supplements to reverse the ailment. Vitamins D and C are prescribed to help manage normal metabolic processes. Herbs like Astragalus have been shown to aid in regulating blood sugars as well.

The jury is still out on whether or not mainstream medicine or alternative remedies work best for alleviating gestational diabetes. One's own preferences are the only guide. In any event, it's important to get on one program or the other as soon as possible after receiving a positive diagnosis.

Equally important is to realize that this type of diabetes is often more threatening to the fetus than the mother. Infants born to an afflicted woman frequently show jaundice, metabolic or glucose troubles, along with a heightened risk of developing other disorders later in life. Reigning in gestational diabetes mellitus is seldom easy or convenient, but extremely serious to overcome for getting through a healthy pregnancy.



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