Gestational diabetes research in Brisbane, Australia

5277695536_4e0a812daf_oThere are so many exciting diabetes researches in the world. I’ll endeavour to keep you updated. This is of special interest as gestational diabetes is on the rise. 

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy when the body does not produce enough extra insulin to cope with the increased demand hence the increased blood glucose levels. Effective management of gestational diabetes will reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and the birth of the baby.

Most cases of gestational diabetes can be managed effectively by 

  • monitoring blood glucose levels
  • maintaining healthy eating 
  • increasing physical activity

In 10-20% of pregnant women, the administration of insulin is needed to help bring down the high blood glucose level. This is safe for both the expectant mother and the baby. Once the baby is born, the insulin is no longer needed. 

Currently there is a clinical research studying the effects of probiotics on gestational diabetes at Mater Mothers’ Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, building on international research suggesting pregnant women who take probiotics, i.e. live beneficial micro-organisms, are less likely to suffer the gestational diabetes.

The article in The Courier Mail quotes Mater Clinical School Head Professor, David McIntyre as saying “gestational diabetes rates are definitely increasing and there are two obvious factors – increasing obesity and women having their babies later,” he said.

If the blood glucose level remains above target set by your doctor, it can possibly cause higher blood pressure in the expectant mothers and result in a large baby, miscarriage and stillbirth. A large baby can increase the risk of more difficult deliveries, injury at delivery, caesarean delivery, forceps delivery. After the delivery, the baby might need to be looked after in special care until the glucose level stabilises. Other possible complications include pregnancy loss and premature delivery. That’s why it is very important to manage gestational diabetes!


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