GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) VS DM (Diabetes Mellitus)


Bottom Line:

GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) is a carbohydrate intolerance with onset OR first recognition during the present pregnancy. It does not matter if insulin is used as treatment, it does not matter if the intolerance continues post-pregnancy, and it does not preclude that the intolerance may have existed prior to the pregnancy. However, it would not be appropriate to label women with KNOWN pre-existing diabetes as having GDM. They would be said to have pre-gestational DM.

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GDM is diabetes mellitus discovered during pregnancy. Continue reading “GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) VS DM (Diabetes Mellitus)”