Basic Summary for Gestational diabetes


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Main name of condition: Gestational diabetes
Other names or spellings: Pregnancy Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, GDM


What is Gestational diabetes?
  Brief description of Gestational diabetes: Diabetes that occurs in pregnant women, usually resolving after birth.
  Parent types of Gestational diabetes: Diabetes, Pregnancy-related conditions, Pancreas conditions
  Organs Affected by Gestational diabetes: pancreas
How many people get Gestational diabetes?
  Incidence (annual) of Gestational diabetes: 135,000 pregnant women get the condition every year; 3-5% of pregnant women.
  Incidence Rate of Gestational diabetes: approx 1 in 2,014 or 0.05% or 135,000 people in USA [about data]
How serious is Gestational diabetes?
  Prognosis of Gestational diabetes: Good. Usually cures after birth. Need to control sugars during pregnancy for baby's health.
  Complications of Gestational diabetes: see complications of Gestational diabetes
What causes Gestational diabetes?
  Cause of Gestational diabetes: Unclear. Probably pregnancy-related weight gain and/or hormonal changes affecting sugar metabolism.
  Causes of Gestational diabetes: see causes of Gestational diabetes
  Risk factors for Gestational diabetes: see risk factors for Gestational diabetes
What are the symptoms of Gestational diabetes?
  Symptoms of Gestational diabetes: see symptoms of Gestational diabetes
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Gestational diabetes: see treatments for Gestational diabetes
Society issues for Gestational diabetes
  Hospitalization statistics for Gestational diabetes: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Gestational diabetes:
  • 0.052% (6,664) of hospital consultant episodes were for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospital consultant episodes for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.029% (15,295) of hospital bed days were for diabetes mellitus in pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

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