I had gestational diabetes. How soon after having the baby should I get my blood glucose rechecked?
About 6-8 weeks after delivery. Like 90% of the women with gestational diabetes, your BG levels will probably return to normal right after your baby is born. However, you still run the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, prior studies have shown women who have had gestational diabetes are at risk (of up to 60%) for developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years.
What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy?
The risks are increased incidence of breast cancer and uterine cancer while using estrogen. However, when estrogen and progesterone are administered together and in the correct doses, the risk of cancer of the uterus or endometrium is reduced.
What are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
The benefits are decreased risk of osteoporosis, vaginitis and hot flashes.
Is it okay for women to drink alcohol, if so, how much?
The ADA’s recommendations are 1 drink per day. One drink is defined as: 12 ounces of beer, 1 glass of wine, 1 jigger of alcohol and 12 ounces of a wine cooler.
What should my daily intake of cholesterol be and what are the
Cholesterol should be less than 200. LDL (bad cholesterol) below 100 mg/dL, HDL (good cholesterol) above 55 mg/dL and triglycerides below 150 mg/dL.
What are some of the symptoms of women’s sexual health issues related
Lack of interest in sex (libido), pain or discomfort during intercourse, and decreased production of vaginal lubrication to name a few.
Will my children inherit diabetes from me?
It all depends on risk factors that include: no diabetes in the family—11% chance of type 2 diabetes by age 70 and 1% chance of type 1 diabetes by age 50. One parent with type 1 diabetes—6% chance of type 1 diabetes (father with type 1 diabetes), 4% chance of type 1 diabetes (mother with diabetes who was younger that 25 when the child was born) and 1% chance of type 1 diabetes (mother with diabetes who was older than 25 when the child was born).
*Risk doubles if the parent was diagnosed by age 11*
One parent with type 2 diabetes (diagnosed before the age of 50)—14% chance of type 2 diabetes. Both parents with type 2 diabetes (overall risk)—45% chance of type 2 diabetes.
What should my A1C (Hemoglobin A1C) be while I am pregnant?
An A1C (Hemoglobin A1C) is a blood test that can predict average blood glucose levels for about 8-12 weeks. People without diabetes generally have an A1C of less than 6%, though this usually drops to less than 5% during pregnancy. Women with diabetes should strive for “near normal” A1Cs prior to, as well as during, pregnancy.