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Pregnancy-related high blood pressure, diabetes linked to later heart disease

February 22, 2012

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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March 26, 2012

This is such an important post. Pre-natal care is so important and also knowing what symptoms to recognize.

March 22, 2012

What is the solution if the woman just has already
known that she has a diabetes when she has already conceive a baby?

How To Control Diabetes Type 2
March 19, 2012

Many women suffer from diabetes. The number one cause of women having diabetes is because of obesity but there are many other signs of diabetes in women. However, that is not the only cause as to why women might have diabetes. Thanks to a lot of studies and research women can be on a look out for the signs of diabetes in women so that way they’ll be able to talk with their doctor if the signs start to appear. Obesity makes the body prone with getting a variety of diseases such as diabetes. The reason why is because most people who might be obese tend to indulge with having either junk food or soft drinks. Another thing to remember is people who are skinny can still suffer with diabetes. That is why knowing the signs is vital to your health. Listed below are some of the signs of diabetes in women.

The signs of diabetes in women include but not limited to:

Most women find that they struggle with being tired throughout the day. The energy is always low and they always have a hard time with feeling or being awake. This can cause many problems and might even cause them to have problems with concentration.
Having to urinate a lot is often associated with diabet es. It can seem like you’re using the bathroom every few minutes and even at night, this can happen.
Dry skin
Women might become prone with getting more infections.
Some women might struggle with either a big amount of either weight loss or gain. This is a very common for signs of diabetes in women.
There are times when women might actually vomit if they have diabetes.
Increase or decrease with appetite and this is also one of those signs of diabetes in women considered to be common and known.
Vision might become blurr
When signs of diabetes in women start to develop or appear, talking with the doctor as soon as possible is vital because if a woman puts off seeing the doctor and being tested for diabetes it could cause problems. Another thing to remember is that putting off seeing the doctor might also be putting your body at risk for developing infections that might be caused from the diabetes. The doctor will be able to confirm if a woman is diabetic with tests and with also listening to her symptoms. After a woman is diagnosed with diabetes then treatment often begins almost right away and that’s another reason as to why women should know the signs of diabetes.

Doctors can answer questions that a woman might have in regards to diabetes

How To Control Diabetes Type 2
March 19, 2012

I had gestational diabetes with both my last pregnancies, ’02 and ’03, I had to prick my finger 4 times a day and give or have someone give me an insulin injection three times a day. With my pregnancies, they just kept a closer check on you and monitor the babies heart moreso and they did a lot more ultrasounds cause with babies of diabetic moms tend to be heavier at birth. My oldest was born with low blood sugar due to my injections.

March 19, 2012

You really need to eat right and still be active even when you are pregnant.

March 12, 2012

Interesting article actually. Wouldn’t of known that high blood pressure during pregnancy could lead to that.

John Judge
March 10, 2012


Loved this article, nice informative information, but doesn’t diabetes type 2 also lead to urinary infections?
Best regards…john!

Janna Zwerner
February 23, 2012

Development of gestational diabetes also greatly increases the chances of the mother AND baby developing diabetes later in life. See CDCs work on this topic.

P.J. Skerrett
February 23, 2012

Janna — Absolutely right. Here’s a link to CDC information on gestational diabetes

Katie Thompson
February 22, 2012

Are there any ways to tell ahead of time if one has a predisposition to preeclampsia?

P.J. Skerrett
February 23, 2012

Katie —

Several things have been linked with developing preeclampsia. Keep in mind that these apply to women in general—it’s hard to predict if an individual will develop preeclampsia. Here are some factors that increase the risk:

Having had preeclampsia before, or having a mother or sister who developed it.
Carrying twins, triplets, or other multiples.
A long interval between pregnancies.
Having diabetes or developing gestational diabetes.
Pre-pregnancy high blood pressure, migraine, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus.

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