In some women,
gestational diabetes cannot be prevented. But you may
be able to lower your chance of getting gestational diabetes by staying at a
healthy weight and not gaining too much weight during pregnancy. Regular
exercise can also help keep your blood sugar level within a target range and
prevent gestational diabetes.
If you have had gestational
diabetes, you are at risk for having it again in a future pregnancy. You are
also at risk for
type 2 diabetes, a permanent type of diabetes. One of
the best ways to prevent developing gestational diabetes again is to stay at a
If you have had gestational diabetes, avoid
medicines that increase
insulin resistance, such as nicotinic acid and
glucocorticoid medicines (for example, prednisone and dexamethasone).
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
November 3, 2011
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