9. What is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?
- Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) causes high levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a type of sugar that is your body’s main source of energy.
- The bodies of women with diabetes have a hard time using insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body process glucose (sugar) from foods.
- The extra insulin produced by your body during pregnancy is not enough to keep blood sugars in the normal range, so your blood sugar levels become high.
- High blood sugar can cause the baby to get too big, which can cause problems during delivery. Women with gestational diabetes are at risk for having high blood pressure during pregnancy and are more likely to get type 2 diabetes later in life.
- What do I need to know about participating in a research study?
- What will I have to do as a participant in this study?
- Will I have to take any medications or pills in this program?
- What are the costs to participating?
- Will I have to follow a special diet?
- Will I have to follow a particular exercise program?
- Will other people see my weight?
- Will I get any monetary compensation for participating?
- What is Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?
- How can I see full details of this study?