Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is defined as glucose intolerance diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy.

The prevalence of GDM is highly variable depending on the population studied and also depending on the screening threshold used.

However, it is a common condition: in European populations, the prevalence of GDM is around 3 to 6% of all pregnancies.


Medical activities

The activities of the Division for Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases are primarily aimed at those with diabetes or obesity, with the purpose of preventing the medical and psychosocial complications of these conditions.

The ultimate purpose of the Division's medical activities is to teach patients how to manage their chronic diseases in the long term, in order to improve quality of life, autonomy and treatment compliance.

Endocrinology and diabetology

Endocrinology is the medical specialty studying all endocrine glands, i.e. the glands appended to an organ or entirely independent from it, which produces substances that it releases into the blood: hormones.

Diabetology is the branch of medicine, more specifically than endocrinology, that is dedicated to the study of diabetes, i.e. overabundant urination, as well as diagnosing, treating and monitoring diabetic patients.


Therapeutic education for chronic diseases


Mission of the Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases Division

  • Provide therapeutic education for patients with chronic diseases, in particular diabetes, obesity and associated conditions, in order to prevent complications.
  • Patient care takes into account the services provided by other HUG divisions, in particular the Endocrinology, Diabetology and Nutrition Division (for diabetes) and the Obesity Prevention and Care Program.
  • To offer psychoeducational expertise in patient therapeutic education to the HUG divisions responsible for the care of chronic diseases.

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