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What complications of birth can you get from gestational diabetes?

i know the baby tends to be bigger but if they determine that the baby is healthy because of the diet, what other complications could occur during labor??

The two largest risks of GD are a hypoglycemic baby and the risk of placental calcification which occurs as the placenta ages. This can limit the nutrients to the baby but can be monitored via a Biophysical profile to ensure that the baby is well.

Contrary to all you'll hear/read, the research does not support that women with well-controlled GD have babies that are statistically larger than non-GD babies.

The difference is really about 4 ozs when the GD is well-controlled (either with diet or meds).

Babies born to moms with uncontrolled GD can have disproportionate bodies, meaning the chest/shoulders can be larger than average and lead to a potential shoulder dystocia. However, true SD occurs in about 1/1000 pregnancies so it quite rare.

The best prevention of a SD for a large baby is to labor as upright as possible and changes positions frequently - lying on your back isn't recommended.  (+ info)

Did anyone with gestational diabetes have complications or their baby have complications post delivery?

As of right now, my diabetes is being controlled through diet and I do not need insulin. I am due at the end of January and having a scheduled C-section. I have read that the baby may need to be in the NICU after delivery to check blood sugars and there could be a greater risk of jaundice. What should I expect post delivery?

Diet controlled GD essentially carries the same risk as a normal pregnancy without GD.

The research does NOT support scheduled c-section or early induction for GD. There is no evidence to prove that these practices improve outcomes.

Your baby should be observed in your room for any signs of hypoglycemia, which is the greatest concern with uncontrolled GD. A heel stick might be performed to check sugar levels.

The best way to prevent newborn hypoglycemia is to breastfeed immediately to stabilize the blood sugars. If nutrition is delayed, then in effect, the hospital staff is making the baby hypoglycemic, not the GD.

You should expect a routine heel stick or two after delivery but in general few complications arise from diet-controlled GD.  (+ info)

What are some complications that occur as a result of diabetes? How can you prevent them?

This is for a summary I have to do for school. I need as much detail as possible. All input will be greatly appreciated!

Well, now you have a pretty good list of the POSSIBLE complications. Now let's explore the other part of your question....

Preventing complications of type two diabetes is mainly an issue of keeping your blood sugar as close to "normal" as possible. You do that by simply giving your body what it needs and less of what your mind and taste buds want. Simply put, that means nothing but healthy, low carb, natural foods. Combine that with moderate daily exercise, and you have a recipe for good health.

Since adopting this simple premise, I've managed to go without medication for nearly a year after six years of the disease. And, no complications whatsoever.  (+ info)

What complications or disease can arise from Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, child onset?

and how does diabetes cause these complications or diseases?

kidney problems,blindness,poor circulation,poor wound healing,amputation of legs, arms,feet and heart problems.  (+ info)

Does diabetes complications come from plainly just eating to much or just the sugar itself?

like if you eat a lot does that make diabetes worse? what happened if you didn't eat alot and just ate sugar? would that make it worse?

my question is is diabetes cause from overeating too many carbs, or just the quick desovling sugar itself?

AND SMART ANSWERS! no opinions please

complications come from poor control. like, eating and not bolusing, or not remembering to take insulin or guessing at carb intake.  (+ info)

when does the complications of diabetes start to occur in diabetic kids?

Complications vary from person to person. There is no set time of when complications will occur.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was a child. That was 24 years ago. To this day, I have had no complications. But others have had complications after only a short time. I remember that when I was diagnosed, my doctor had told me to expect complications after 10 years. He was wrong. My blood sugars aren't perfect, but I try always to keep them under control.  (+ info)

did anyone have gestestional diabetes and have no complications during labor?

I was wondering if anyone was diagnosed with this around 35 weeks-36 weeks of pregnancy and they went on to deliver a healthy baby with no complications.... I am so worried now about delivery i wasnt before cause this is my 2nd baby and i had no worries like this with my first but now i am worried about it.

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How long have you had Type 2 diabetes and what complications do you have?

How do you treat them andis it working for you ?

My husband has a moderately severe case of it. He is on Lantus and insulin 2 times a day. He takes this by injection. He is a bit overweight and has high cholesterol levels. He suffers from kidney failure, diabetic neuropathy. His family history is strong for diabetes. His father had it, his paternal grandmother had it, his great grandfather had it. He does not eat right no matter how I try to make healthy food, he would rather have a greasy hamburger and fries any day. He often sneaks off to the local fast food place to indulge. He worries me to death. His father dropped dead from a heart attack 4 years ago. He was only 65. My husband has diabetes a lot worse than his dad did.He does not heal well if he gets a scratch or cut,and it takes him much longer to heal than it takes me. He also gets these awful boils that have to be treated. He is usually very tired most of the time and has no energy. His fasting blood sugars tend to run around 140. His blood sugars have been over 600 at one time.  (+ info)

Please can you help someone with diabetes complications?

Someone I know is thinkiing about amputating her feet, because the swelling & pain is so-o bad. Please offer any tips, suggestions, etc...
She has edema and neuropathy in both feet.

Your friend needs Mecobalamin (a special vitamin B12) and a anti depressant like tegretol, It helps with pain, Plus a pain killer like Tramadol. This is the key to pain management. I also find that laying down and moving my feet back and forth rapidly relieve pain for split seconds. Medical sock are called for.

And most important , change doctors. Because this one does not care how much pain she is in.

Also she must get blood sugar in control. This is the cause.

What causes diabetic neuropathies?
The causes are probably different for different types of diabetic neuropathy. Researchers are studying how prolonged exposure to high blood glucose causes nerve damage. Nerve damage is likely due to a combination of factors:

metabolic factors, such as high blood glucose, long duration of diabetes, abnormal blood fat levels, and possibly low levels of insulin
neurovascular factors, leading to damage to the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to nerves
autoimmune factors that cause inflammation in nerves
mechanical injury to nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
inherited traits that increase susceptibility to nerve disease
lifestyle factors, such as smoking or alcohol use

How are diabetic neuropathies treated?
The first treatment step is to bring blood glucose levels within the normal range to help prevent further nerve damage. Blood glucose monitoring, meal planning, physical activity, and diabetes medicines or insulin will help control blood glucose levels. Symptoms may get worse when blood glucose is first brought under control, but over time, maintaining lower blood glucose levels helps lessen symptoms. Good blood glucose control may also help prevent or delay the onset of further problems. As scientists learn more about the underlying causes of neuropathy, new treatments may become available to help slow, prevent, or even reverse nerve damage.

As described in the following sections, additional treatment depends on the type of nerve problem and symptom. If you have problems with your feet, your doctor may refer you to a foot care specialist.

Pain Relief
Doctors usually treat painful diabetic neuropathy with oral medications, although other types of treatments may help some people. People with severe nerve pain may benefit from a combination of medications or treatments. Talk with your health care provider about options for treating your neuropathy.

Medications used to help relieve diabetic nerve pain include

tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, imipramine, and desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane)
other types of antidepressants, such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine, bupropion (Wellbutrin), paroxetine (Paxil), and citalopram (Celexa)
anticonvulsants, such as pregabalin (Lyrica), gabapentin (Gabarone, Neurontin), carbamazepine, and lamotrigine (Lamictal)
opioids and opioid-like drugs, such as controlled-release oxycodone, an opioid; and tramadol (Ultram), an opioid that also acts as an antidepressant
Duloxetine and pregabalin are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for treating painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

You do not have to be depressed for an antidepressant to help relieve your nerve pain. All medications have side effects, and some are not recommended for use in older adults or those with heart disease. Because over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen may not work well for treating most nerve pain and can have serious side effects, some experts recommend avoiding these medications.

Treatments that are applied to the skin—typically to the feet—include capsaicin cream and lidocaine patches (Lidoderm, Lidopain). Studies suggest that nitrate sprays or patches for the feet may relieve pain. Studies of alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant, and evening primrose oil have shown that they can help relieve symptoms and may improve nerve function.

A device called a bed cradle can keep sheets and blankets from touching sensitive feet and legs. Acupuncture, biofeedback, or physical therapy may help relieve pain in some people. Treatments that involve electrical nerve stimulation, magnetic therapy, and laser or light therapy may be helpful but need further study. Researchers are also studying several new therapies in clinical trials.

good luck  (+ info)

Does anyone know where I can obtain life insurance as someone who has diabetes and complications?

This is usually an automatic disqualifyer and I am wondering if anyone has been successful in obtaining a policy with these predisposing factors.

It really depends on your age and how much coverage you are looking for.. There are alot of companies out there (ie Colonial Penn) that offer policies for up to $10,000 coverage and they ask no medical questions. If you are, say, under forty, the premiums are sort of do-able. Much older than that and it gets pretty expensive. These "whole life" policies are sometimes referred to as "final expenses" policies because they'll cover an average funeral with a couple grand left over. Try Googling "Life Insurance", "No Medical Questions".  (+ info)

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