Diabetes symptoms, whether it is gestational diabetes symptoms or symptoms of other types of diabetes, are different and can vary from person to person. Please keep this in mind as you read through this article, as this is only to serve as a guideline and cannot predict the symptoms that each individual person may experience.
Symptoms of diabetes come in different forms and degrees. Even though you may not be experiencing any noticeable symptoms does not mean that you are not a diabetic. Sometimes it takes weeks or even months for symptoms to become prevalent to where you will notice them. With a pregnancy, physicians will usually order a glucose tolerance test at a certain stage during the pregnancy and this will help to determine whether you are experiencing gestational diabetes or not; however, even though the initial test may come back negative does not mean that you cannot develop gestational diabetes at a later stage of the pregnancy. Usually, gestational diabetes shows no symptoms and is found through the glucose tolerance test. If symptoms are noticeable, they are mild.
Symptoms - Typical symptoms and signs of diabetes, whether gestational or not, are: constant thirst, excessive urination, fatigue, blurred vision, constant infections of the bladder, vagina and skin, blurred vision, and weight loss (even though you have an increased appetite). These are just a few of the basic symptoms and signs of diabetes as each person may experience different signs and symptoms.
Weight loss happens when the body does not receive sugar (energy) through food consumption (usually resulting in hyperglycemia) and then the body begins to burn stored sugar (fat) for energy. When this happens, your blood sugar levels are usually high and in some cases, extremely high and needs attention as soon as possible before the onset on ketoacidosis and possible diabetic coma.
This type of Diabetes & Type 2 Diabetes - Gestational diabetes is brought on because of the hormones developed during the pregnancy and resembles Type 2 diabetes in that the body is still producing insulin even though it is not enough to control blood glucose levels. Sometimes you can control gestational diabetes through watching your diet alone; however, some may have to take medication and possibly even insulin through the pregnancy.
There is some research that shows that gestational diabetes and Type 2 diabetes is related; however, just because you develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy does not mean that you will develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. To help curve the possibility of this, maintain a healthy diet and a healthy weight as you can help to reduce your chance of developing Type 2 diabetes later on down the road.
If in Doubt....If you think that you are experiencing symptoms of gestational diabetes, inform your physician immediately. Like mentioned earlier, even though the first test may come back negative, does not mean that you have not developed gestational diabetes since it was conducted. Physicians usually wait to conduct the glucose tolerance test at around 28 weeks of pregnancy. If you feel at any time during your pregnancy like you are experiencing symptoms of diabetes, your physician may want to either conduct an early test or a later test. Don't be afraid to let your physician know what is going on with you, as it is your body and only you know how you feel.
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