© 2014 – CRC Press
239 pages | 29 B/W Illus.
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.
Section I Gestational Diabetes
Glucose, Foetal Growth, and Pregnancy
Xinhua Chen and Theresa O. Scholl
What Is Gestational Diabetes?
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
Pharmacological Treatment of Gestational Diabetes
Section V Future Prospects
Future Prospects for Gestational Diabetes
Clive J. Petry