Gestational Diabetes — Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3090, 4130, 4180, 5190, 5310; Level 2
This continuing education course concentrates on the two gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) classifications: A1, which is controlled with diet and exercise, and A2, which requires the use of medications after diet and exercise fail to control a patient’s blood sugar. This course also will discuss GDM diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes.
Course content appeared as the CPE monthly in the August 2013 issue of Today’s Dietitian. It was written by Ruth Toiba, PhD, RD, CDE, owner of Dr. Ruth Diabetes Watchers, which provides continuing education diabetes review classes for health care professionals and dietary services in the Broward County, Florida, area.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Distinguish between the two classes of gestational diabetes mellitus.
- Identify two maternal and two fetal risks resulting from uncontrolled blood sugar during pregnancy.
- Evaluate the rationale for restricting carbohydrate consumption, especially for breakfast.
- Calculate a patient’s caloric needs according to actual pregnancy weight.
- Employ treatment adjustments at different times of the day based on reported blood sugar levels.
- 2.00 CDR