Tools and tricks to help manage gestational diabetes

We have developed some tools that can help you to monitor your progress!

Haemoglobin (Hb A1c) Calculator

The Hb A1c is blood test that provides a method of monitoring the blood glucose levels of a person with diabetes, over the previous 3 months. It does this by providing an average of what your blood glucose levels are.

The Hb A1c can be used to work out the estimated average glucose (eAG) level using a complex mathematical model. The estimated Average Glucose (eAG) is a way to show patients what their Hb A1c results (shown as a percentage) are using the same units (mg/L or mmol/L) that they're more familiar with when monitoring their blood glucose levels.

For more information about Hb A1c, watch the video with Dr Sultan on our haemoglobin A1c tool page.

We also have more information about the Hb A1c test. Find the articles below:

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Estimated Average Glucose Level (eAG)

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Range 5 - 16%

Fasting Blood Glucose Calculator

The fasting glucose level is an important measurement to define whether a person has diabetes or borderline diabetes (also called prediabetes).

The fasting glucose level also provides information into how well someone with diabetes is managing and help identify the most suitable diabetes treatments.

You can use the tool to help you to better understand how your blood glucose levels are going.

For more information about fasting blood glucose, watch the video with Dr Sultan on our fasting blood glucose tool page.

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Fasting Blood Sugar Level

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Range 25 - 450mg/dl

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator

The BMI (Body Mass Index) is a simple equation to compare a person's weight with their height. It does not take into account difference in body shape or how much muscle a person has compared to fatty tissue.

The BMI does correlate with the risk of heart disease, many cancers, and even death. Is therefore used by doctors and health professionals to work out "an ideal body weight" to help people on their life journey.

For more information about BMI, watch the video with Dr Sultan on our body mass index tool page.

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What should I do next?

If you are at risk of developing gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), you can prevent complications of gestational diabetes by making changes now. These complications can impact both you and your baby. Not only during the pregnancy, but also further down the line (for mum; after pregnancy, and for baby; into adulthood). It is recommended for all pregnant women to be tested for gestational diabetes at 24-28 weeks. If you are at a much higher risk, you should request to be tested for diabetes before pregnancy, at 12 weeks’ gestation, and again at 24-28 weeks’.

Once you learn what your gestational diabetes status is, the next most important step is to become educated. You can join the Gestational Diabetes Program to help you learn how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The program is personalised, giving you more of the content that you want. The program also helps you to stay motivated and teaches you what changes you need to make.