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Thu Apr 07 16:18:27 UTC 2011

It's been 1 week since I've been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. Doctor wants to immediately put me on glyburide. Is it safe?
Asked By: mlahoz  

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7 Months pregnant and levels are so so
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2012-01-16 01:21:42.0

Dear mlahoz

Thank you for writing dLife.

No one includes a diabetes diagnosis in their hopes and dreams for the future. However, if you're diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the 21st century, there is good news: we know how to successfully treat and manage gestational diabetes.

Diet, exercise, and self monitoring blood glucose are always at the forefront of diabetes management. But when diet and exercise alone are not enough to keep your glucose at safe levels, it's comforting to know effective medications such as glyburide are available.

Recent research supports the use of glyburide in the treatment of gestational diabetes.

Untreated or uncontrolled gestational diabetes can mean problems for your baby, such as

  • being born very large and with extra fat; this can make delivery difficult and more dangerous for your baby
  • low blood glucose right after birth
  • breathing problems
  • Express your feelings and concerns to your healthcare provider. He will ease your fears and clear up any confusion you have regarding taking medication during pregnancy.

    Good Luck!

    Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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