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Gestational Diabetes

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for gestational diabetes.

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition where blood sugar levels are elevated during pregnancy in women that have not been diagnosed with diabetes. This type of diabetes is only during pregnancy and goes away after the baby is born or delivered. The exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown. However, gestational diabetes is different from type 1 diabetes because it is not caused because of an inability to produce insulin, rather it is caused by effects of hormones released during pregnancy and insulin resistance.

Risk Factors

The following are common risk factors associated with gestational diabetes.

  • Overweight
  • Family history of prediabetes/diabetes
  • History of gestational diabetes
  • Age
  • Race
  • Delivering a baby over 9lbs

Diagnosis and Treatment

Gestational diabetes can be diagnosed by a doctor through a physical exam, medical history or a diabetes screening at the first prenatal visit for a women with diabetes or diabetes testing performed at 24-28 weeks of gestation.

Treatment for gestational diabetes is determined by your doctor but may include the following:

  • Special diet
  • Exercise
  • Daily blood glucose monitoring
  • Insulin injections
  • Oral anti-diabetic medication

Always consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Referral to the Diabetes & Nutrition Counseling services:

In order to provide the best care possible, referral to any of the Diabetes & Nutrition Counseling services is coordinated through your physician. 

CONTACT US

LOCATION

Diabetes & Nutrition Counseling service is located on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Medical Office Building 1.

1040 N. Mason Road
Medical Office Building 1, Suite 212B
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
314.996.3823 office
314.996.3270 fax

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Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141
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