Type 2 Diabetes - Repeated Cases of Gestational Diabetes

In general, people who suffer a given illness are often vulnerable to developing that same illness again. Researchers at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in St. Leonards, Sydney, Australia, carried out a study to determine if that were the case for Gestational diabetes or diabetes of pregnancy.

Their study, reported in the journal Diabetes Medicine in January 2013, included women who gave birth in New South Wales from 2001 to 2009, who did not have Type 1 or 2 diabetes at the time of their first pregnancy, and who gave birth at least twice...

    for women who developed Gestational diabetes during their first pregnancy, the rate of developing the condition with the second pregnancy was 41.2 percent.
    among women who had not suffered Gestational diabetes with their first pregnancy, only 2.7 percent had the condition the second time they were pregnant

Several other factors also made it more likely to have Gestational diabetes in the second or third pregnancy...

    women 35 years of age or older were more likely to have a repeated case of diabetes of pregnancy, as well as women of Middle Eastern, North African, or Asian background
    having had a premature baby or one large for its age was also more common in women with repeated cases. (Prematurity and being large for its age are conditions that can affect babies whose mothers suffer with diabetes of pregnancy).
    having twins or other multiples also put mothers at higher risk.
    hypertension along with pregnancy was also a risk factor.
    mothers who waited an extended period of time to have their second or third child also ran a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes again. (The extended period of time could have given the body time to progress toward Type 2 diabetes).

From this information it was concluded mothers who have suffered one case of Gestational diabetes are at a high risk of having another case. Women who have ever been diagnosed with the condition should let their doctor or midwife know so the pregnant mother can be carefully monitored.

To prevent Gestational diabetes between pregnancies, normalize your weight to within 20 percent of ideal. Playing with baby and taking him or her for daily walks in a buggy are good ways for both of you to get some physical activity and bond together.

When Gestational diabetes is diagnosed, special meal plans and daily activity can be planned to lower the chances of a sick baby, or one who is so overweight a Caesarian operation is necessary. Insulin injections can also be prescribed, together with blood sugar testing.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. It need not slowly and inevitably get worse. You can take control of the disease... having Gestational diabetes does not mean you have to develop Type 2 diabetes.

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