Is Gestational Diabetes Hereditary?
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Classified as a heterogeneous disorder, gestational diabetes is referred to as an abnormality of blood sugar levels. This condition is quite alarming to pregnant women as it could possibly affect their infants. However, there are treatments available that can be accessed through the doctor’s prescription. Following an ideal diet and a proper meal plan are other ways to treat this medical condition. Doing so will protect both the mother and the baby during the pregnancy and delivery period.
As mentioned, gestational diabetes only happens during pregnancy. It can be distressing, but the rate of women developing type 2 diabetes as a complication caused by the aforementioned condition (gestational diabetes) is low. Treating it at its early stage can help pregnant women to avoid such health complications. If gestational diabetes is left untreated, there a greater risk for pregnant women to get pregnancy-related disorders, such as preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and premature birth of the infant.
Heritability of Gestational Diabetes
Pregnant women who have a history of type diabetes within their families, whether it be their parents or siblings, have a high tendency of getting gestational diabetes. However, this characterization of gestational diabetes as being a hereditary condition is not yet established. While there are no clear shreds of evidence of it as heritability, taking extra cautions during their pregnancy is still necessary. This action alone can help the pregnant mother and their offspring live a healthy life.
It's been recorded that gestational diabetes is a complex disorder. Because of its complexity, there is no clear indication of it as hereditary. Moreover, in terms of type 2 diabetes, its heritability rate is remarkably high. The main cause of its heritability is genetics. It is a triggering factor of the said disease, add to that the age, overweight or obesity, and lack of physical activity.
Treatment and Prevention
In treating diabetes, especially gestational diabetes, following strict medication is a must. Some of these medications include insulin injection and oral treatment. Insulin injections stabilize the blood glucose levels. On the other hand, oral medications also control blood sugar levels.
Aside from the two mentioned treatments, there are other ways in treating the condition. One of those include changing the old lifestyle. Following a healthy lifestyle is the new norm for people with gestational diabetes. Moreover, monitoring the blood sugar must also be observed on a regular basis to keep yourself posted on the condition as well as the treatment process.
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