Are you pregnant? Here’s why you should get tested for diabetes

An estimated 6.2 crore people in India, are suffering from diabetes. And the information received from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) suggests that in India, 1,32,150 pregnant women are suffering from diabetes

Are you pregnant? Here’s why you should get tested for diabetes
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  • In the year 2017-18, in India 1,32,150 pregnant women were diagnosed with diabetes.
  • In 2017-18, Mumbai witnessed 998 cases of expectant mothers who had been diagnosed with diabetes.
  • In Maharashtra, 5,149 pregnant women were diagnosed with diabetes. Rural areas witnessed 3,376 cases, while in the cities 1,773 cases were reported.
  • Out of every three pregnant women who have suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy, two are from the rural areas and one from the urban areas.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, diabetologist, Dr Aarchana Sarda said, “During pregnancy, insulin production increases.  But, if the insulin production is not adequate, then women suffer from diabetes. Hereditary issues, obesity and lack of nutritious food are the main causes of diabetes during pregnancy. We can keep diabetes under control by having nutritious food. If the mother takes proper care of herself, then the baby will not suffer in the future.”

Dr Pradeep Gadge, a diabetologist from Mumbai said, “In few cases, the diabetes symptoms are visible in the seventh month of the pregnancy. Pregnant women should get their diabetes test done between 16-28 weeks. One can keep diabetes under control by consuming nutritious food and insulin. If special care is taken, then we can prevent diabetes from passing from mother to the child.”

Diabetes in pregnancy can cause:

  • Abortion
  • Premature delivery
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Hypertension, lung and heart disease
  • Likely to cause complications in foetus

Precautions to take:

  • Undergo a blood test between 16-28 weeks of pregnancy
  • Keep your weight under control
  • Stay relaxed
  • Consume nutritious food