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Gestational Diabetes

Statistics for Gestational Diabetes

For pregnant women, knowing statistics and facts on gestational diabetes can help improve your understanding of the condition and allow for better decision-making. It’s important to be proactive in maintaining good overall health—especially when pregnant.
Review these facts and statistics to learn the basics on gestational diabetes:
  • Gestational diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels.
  • It is caused when hormones in the body reduce the effectiveness of insulin, so cells do not absorb enough energy (sugar) from the blood stream.
  • This causes the cells to literally starve and the blood to maintain a high level of sugar.
  • Gestational diabetes occurs in between 3 and 8% of pregnant women
  • It usually occurs between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy
  • Left untreated, this condition can cause eye disorders, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and nerve damage in women; and birth defects, hypoglycemia, increase birth size, respiratory distress and even stillbirth in babies.
  • Most women are tested for gestational diabetes during the 24th -28th weeks of pregnancy.
  • Treatments include a specialized diet, exercise routine, insulin injections and close blood sugar monitoring.

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