Medical Dictionary: Gestational Diabetes Mellitus


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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Another name for Gestational diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (condition): Diabetes that occurs in pregnant women, usually resolving after birth.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (condition): Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a form of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women. It usually causes only mild symptoms similar to those of early Type 2 diabetes, and is thus often only diagnosed by specific screening in the 24th-28th week of pregnancy; some cases sadly remain undiagnosed. GDM can cause serious complications for the baby and the mother, so early diagnosis and ongoing treatment is important for a good outcome.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Gestational diabetes develops only during pregnancy. Like type 2 diabetes, it occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and people with a family history of diabetes. Though it usually disappears after delivery, the mother is at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. 1

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1. excerpt from Diabetes Overview: NIDDK

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