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What is the best treatment for gestational diabetes?

By Lidia Pérez García M.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist on Love Fertility Clinic).
Last Update: 03/10/2022

Gestational diabetes is a common endocrine pathology in pregnancy that develops due to an increase in placental hormones that can block the action of insulin resulting in a metabolic state of insulin resistance that will lead to an increase in blood glucose levels. Therefore, the treatment of gestational diabetes is focused on maintaining normal blood glucose levels, which is determined by blood glucose testing before and after meals.

Treatment must be individualized according to the characteristics of each patient. In most cases, blood glucose levels can be controlled with moderate physical exercise and a specific diet with a menu focused on avoiding sudden increases in blood glucose levels. Likewise, in overweight and obese patients, exercise and a healthy diet will improve the metabolic environment, reducing the risk of suffering this pathology.

Finally, in cases where blood glucose levels cannot be controlled with diet and exercise, the patient will be evaluated by an endocrinology team to begin treatment with injectable insulin, regulating the dose and type of insulin necessary to avoid episodes of hyperglycemia.

 Lidia Pérez García
Lidia Pérez García
M.D., M.Sc.
Gynecologist on Love Fertility Clinic
Dr. Lidia Pérez has a degree in Medicine and a Master's Degree in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid.
License: 282870961
Gynecologist. Dr. Lidia Pérez has a degree in Medicine and a Master's Degree in Human Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid. License: 282870961.