During pregnancy, some women may develop gestational diabetes, a form of insulin resistance, which is temporary and specific to pregnant women.
According to the National Institutes of Health, certain women are at a greater risk for gestational diabetes, especially those who:
- Are older than 25 when pregnant
- Have a family history of diabetes
- Gave birth to a baby that weighed more than nine pounds or had a birth defect
- Have high blood pressure
- Have excessive amniotic fluid
- Have had an unexplained miscarriage or stillbirth
- Were overweight prior to pregnancy
This type of diabetes commonly begins midway through a pregnancy, and it’s common for an oral screening test to be administered during the latter part of the second trimester; however, women with risk factors may be tested earlier. While most women will be asymptomatic, symptoms may include blurred vision, excessive fatigue, increased thirst and urination, nausea and vomiting, and frequent infections. While troublesome, symptoms of gestational diabetes, including glucose intolerance, are not life-threatening or dangerous, and will typically be reversed following childbirth.
According to the American Diabetes Association, carefully monitoring diet can keep blood sugar levels in check:
Making healthy food choices Follow simple daily guidelines, like eating a variety of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting fat intake to 30% or less of daily calories, and watching your portion size. Healthy eating habits can go a long way in preventing diabetes and other health problems.
Whatever type of diabetes, Symbius Medical can assist you with all your diabetic supply needs and have them shipped directly to your door. Our customer service department is available to answer your questions and we will even take care of processing your insurance claim with your primary or secondary insurance provider. We make it easy to reorder your diabetic supplies too. Contact our customer service department and learn more about our Monthly Supply Order Management Program.