Friday, 30 April 2010

Are you at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?

Are you at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes refers to a diagnosis (usually for the first time) of diabetes while a woman is pregnant. The condition can lead to serious health problems for both the mother and infant.
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The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse offers this list of risk factors for gestational diabetes:

  • Having an immediate family member who has diabetes.
  • Being black or of Asian American, American Indian, Hispanic or Pacific Island descent.
  • Being 25 or older during pregnancy.
  • Being overweight.
  • Having had a prior case of gestational diabetes.
  • Having had a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds at birth.

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