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Gestational Diabetes Information

This page summarizes and links to information available from several primary sources on diabetes in general, together with items specific to gestational diabetes.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), gestational diabetes occurs in 2 to 5 percent of pregnancies and at higher rates among African Americans, Hispanics/Latino Americans, and American Indians (rates in American Indians range from 1 to 14 percent). The condition disappears when the pregnancy is over. A history of gestational diabetes, however, is a risk factor for eventual development of noninsulin-dependent diabetes.



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The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

National Headquarters
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, New York 10605

(914) 428-7100

The The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation provides a wide range of information about conception, pregnancy, maternal health, and birth defects, including a succinct summary of facts about gestational diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association

Patient Education Coordinator
PO Box 25757
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 549-1500 (Voice)
(800) 232-3472 (Voice)

The American Diabetes Association (ADA), formed in 1940, was created to fight diabetes through education and research. Local chapters and affiliates use volunteers to organize educational and screening programs and to conduct fundraising activities to support research aimed at care, control, and cure of diabetes. Patient educational programs are conducted by the State and metropolitan affiliates. There are 53 affiliate organizations and over 800 local chapters.

The Association publishes educational materials for a variety of lay audiences and patients. Some topics include blood and urine testing, information for rescue personnel, insulin, foods and nutrition, children with diabetes, employment, travel, and complications such as hypoglycemia and foot problems. The ADA publishes several journals and magazines, including Diabetes Forecast, a monthly magazine providing information on living successfully with diabetes, for patients and families. The primary pages of information about diabetes and its treatment are as follows.

The main ADA page forces one to first examine information about one's ADA state affiliate, but the diabetes information available throught the state affiliate pages is common to all, with the principal elements listed above. The ADA pages also have information about diabetes research, legislation and advocacy issues, events and programs, and more.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the health agencies of the the Public Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the biomedical research arm of the Federal Government, and NIDDK is its part devoted to the study of diabetes. The principal information about diabetes is presented on the page of Patient Information Documents, of which the following are the main elements.

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), part of the Public Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides basic information about many diseases. The main CDC information about diabetes is available on the CDC Diabetes Page. The principal elements of information presented there are the following.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists provides to various sources of diabetes information.

Diabetes Monitor

The Diabetes Monitor maintains what appears to be the most comprehensive list of on-line diabetes information sources, updated weekly, with brief descriptions of each of the sources.

The Diabetes Homepage

The The Diabetes Homepage, which is available in both a highly graphical and a plain text version, presents both compilations of information about diabetes and the Virtual Diabetic Trilogy, a set of on-line games teaching the basics of insulin therapy.

Food and Nutrition Information Center

10301 Baltimore Boulevard
Room 304
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

(301) 504-5719 (Voice)
(301) 504-6409 (Fax)

The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a service of the National Agricultural Library, part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), maintains bibliographies and resource guides on diabetes, food composition, and various aspects of nutrition.

American Dietetic Association

The American Dietetic Association provides information on nutrition and help in finding registered dieticians.

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Last modification 1 December 1995.