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Gestational Diabetes

Origins, Complications, and Treatment

Edited by Clive Petry

© 2014 – CRC Press

239 pages | 29 B/W Illus.

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Given the rapid increase in the worldwide incidence of gestational diabetes, the need for defining the risks and effects associated with raised glucose concentrations in pregnancy is great. Recent large studies are helping to define the risks, as well as identify the benefits of reducing glucose intolerance. Written by an esteemed list of international authors, Gestational Diabetes: Origins, Complications, and Treatment presents timely reviews relating to some of the most important aspects of gestational diabetes, specifically its causes, consequences, and treatments.

Divided into five sections, the book begins with a section on metabolism in pregnancy and gestational diabetes, dealing with maternal and foetal glucose metabolism and the controversial area of what actually constitutes gestational diabetes. The next section examines risk factors and causes of gestational diabetes, including the obvious but often overlooked factors—being female and pregnant. The text also outlines environmental and genetic risk factors. The third section deals with the potential complications of gestational diabetes for both mother and offspring, considering short-term and long-term effects.

The largest section in the book addresses treatments in an effort to improve the outcome for the mother and the baby. Chapters describe the nutritional approach, considered the cornerstone of treating gestational diabetes, as well as evidence for the role of exercise in its treatment and a useful strategy for treating gestational diabetes pharmacologically. The final section discusses future prospects in screening, diagnosis, prevention, pathophysiology, and treatment of gestational diabetes.

Table of Contents

Section I Gestational Diabetes

Glucose, Foetal Growth, and Pregnancy

Xinhua Chen and Theresa O. Scholl

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Robert Lindsay

Section II Origins

Environmental Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes

Eran Hadar and Moshe Hod

Genetic Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes

Clive J. Petry

Section III Complications

Complications of Gestational Diabetes

Liat Salzer and Yariv Yogev

Section IV Treatments

Dietary Therapy for Gestational Diabetes

Colin A. Walsh and Fionnuala M. McAuliffe

Exercise and Gestational Diabetes

Michel Boulvain

Pharmacological Treatment of Gestational Diabetes

David Simmons

Section V Future Prospects

Future Prospects for Gestational Diabetes

Clive J. Petry

About the Editor

Clive J. Petry was born in London, England. He completed BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Surrey, and the University of Cambridge, U.K. He currently works as a senior research associate in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge. He has authored over 50 scientific publications and currently serves on the editorial board of a number of journals including the British Journal of Nutrition and Human Reproduction. His research involves investigating the mechanisms underpinning the link between foetal growth and the risks of developing gestational and type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Endocrinology & Metabolism
MEDICAL / Nutrition