Diabetes

Gestational diabetes

«Gestational diabetes: that really worries me. I'm pregnant and diabetic and don't know if that might harm my baby. What should I do?»

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Gestational diabetes is common, even among non-diabetics. Increased blood glucose levels occur in 5 to 10% of all pregnancies, making gestational diabetes one of the most common complications of pregnancy.

Low risk for mother and child

Being pregnant and diabetic is no reason to worry. In most cases it is a relatively harmless form of type 2 diabetes that occurs during the second half of pregnancy. The risks of gestational diabetes are low and the causes known. Most notably, it is the various pregnancy hormones that cause blood glucose levels to rise. Another cause of diabetes during pregnancy is poor diet. Hand on heart, have you often had a craving for sweets since you became pregnant?

Risks for developing gestational diabetes are:

  • Being overweight (BMI between 25 and 30)
  • Diabetes in the family (parents or siblings)
  • Gestational diabetes in an earlier pregnancy
  • Age over 30
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Previous birth with a birth weight of over 4,000 g
  • African, Asian or Latin American ethnicityt
Blood glucose measurements dispel doubts

Gestational diabetes does not cause symptoms. During the first examination your gynaecologist will measure your blood glucose values and repeat the measurement if required in a later phase of the pregnancy. Early detection is important so that you have time to adjust your lifestyle.

Healthy diet and exercise as an effective therapy

If you are pregnant and diabetic, the first thing to do is to change your diet. Eat a healthy, low-calorie diet and resist the temptation of sweet foods. The successful recipe for managing gestational diabetes is: less fat, more protein and generally higher-value carbohydrates. Get more exercise by running or swimming regularly, and take advantage of the opportunities daily life offers to do physical activities. Climb stairs more and walk more so that your body's cells respond better to the insulin produced by the pancreas. Insulin therapy and regular checks of your blood glucose level are necessary only if the blood glucose level remains permanently high despite a healthy diet and exercise.

Usually no long-term effects

Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary phenomenon. Blood glucose levels almost always normalise after the placenta has been pushed out. To be certain, it is advisable to have your blood glucose level measured around six weeks after delivery. After that, a yearly check is sufficient.

What can Helsana do for you?

The basic insurance covers the full costs of a blood glucose test by a gynaecologist, i.e. without deduction of the deductible and copayment.

The more you know about diabetes the better

The Swiss Diabetes Association will help you to deal with the condition if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Learn what you need to know to follow a healthy diet, prevent complications, check your blood and urinary glucose levels yourself, and handle therapeutic aids safely. The basic insurance covers the costs for any required, prescribed training with a recognised specialist.

Complementary medicine: gentle methods suitable for gestational diabetes

Complementary medicine offers medicinal plants for diabetes that have a positive effect on blood glucose levels. If you are interested, for example, in natural therapeutic methods to complement conventional medical approaches, you should contact a non-medical practitioner of Traditional European Naturopathy (TEN), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or traditional homeopathy. Your supplementary insurance will cover a percentage of the costs for medicinal plants and homeopathic remedies for the treatment of diabetes and complementary medical treatments. In addition, your non-medical practitioner can help you with dietary advice. You can reach our specialists for complementary medicine on our free phone number 0800 100 590.

Support for your health

If you have taken out SANA or COMPLETA supplementary insurance, you can benefit from contributions to health-promoting measures. These include, for example, fitness programmes and weight-reduction programmes with integrated dietary and exercise tips.

Helsana will pay up to 75% of the costs of health-promoting measures up to CHF 200 per calendar year. In total, the two supplementary insurance policies will cover the costs for health-promoting measures up to CHF 500 per calendar year.

Pregnancy exercise

SANA
75% up to CHF 500.–

The sum of CHF 500 is to be used in its entirety for health-related measures in connection with the pregnancy, such as birth preparation courses and antenatal and postnatal gymnastics.

You receive 75% of the costs of pregnancy exercise up to CHF 500 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • The course is carried out by a recognised midwife, by a recognised course instructor or in a hospital.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 500.–

The sum of CHF 500 is to be used in its entirety for health-related measures in connection with the pregnancy, such as birth preparation courses and antenatal and postnatal gymnastics.

You receive 75% of the costs of pregnancy exercise up to CHF 500 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • The course is recognised by us.
  • The course is carried out by a recognised midwife, by a recognised course instructor or in a hospital.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Fitness offers

SANA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a course and a provider that is recognised by us.

You will receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for health-promoting fitness offers, such as weight and endurance training (fitness centre membership), and fitness courses (aquafitness, gymnastics etc.).

Conditions:

  • The course, the provider and the fitness centre, respectively, are recognised by us.
  • Fitness center in offices of physiotherapists, hospitals, doctors and chiropractors are recognized by us

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% up to CHF 200

Choose a course and a provider that is recognised by us.

You will receive 75% of costs up to CHF 200 per calendar year for health-promoting fitness offers, such as weight and endurance training (fitness centre membership), and fitness courses (aquafitness, gymnastics etc.).

Conditions:

  • The course, the provider and the fitness centre, respectively, are recognised by us.
  • Fitness center in offices of physiotherapists, hospitals, doctors and chiropractors are recognized by us.

Product information:
COMPLETA

Complementary (alternative medicine)

Basic insurance
Defined methods

You receive contributions towards the costs of the following types of complementary medicine:

  • Anthroposophic medicine
  • Classical homoeopathy
  • Phytotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
  • Acupuncture

Please ensure that your doctor holds a recognised certificate of competence awarded by the Swiss Medical Association (FMH) for these methods.

The costs are refunded according to the tariff in the canton where the person lives or the tariff for his work location.


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SANA
75% of the costs (outpatient), 100% up to CHF 5000.- (inpatient)

For longer-term treatments, we will examine the medical necessity and request a report from your doctor or therapist.

Outpatient treatment

You receive 75% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, such as osteopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture massage and Bach flower therapy, provided there is an established medical necessity.

Inpatient treatment

You receive 100% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, provided there is an established medical necessity, up to CHF 5,000 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • Your doctor, naturopath or complementary therapist is recognised by us.
  • The therapy method is recognised by us and mentioned on the list "Recognised therapeutic methods in complementary medicine".
  • The medicine is provided or prescribed by a doctor or by a naturopath recognised by us and are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic for the treatment of the existing illness. (Medications on the list of pharmaceutical products with a special application (LPPV) are excluded).
  • The inpatient treatment is prescribed by a doctor and is performed in a medical institution or convalescent facility recognised by us.

Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
75% of the costs (outpatient), 100% up to CHF 5000.- (inpatient)

For longer-term treatments, we will examine the medical necessity and request a report from your doctor or therapist.

Outpatient treatment

You receive 75% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, such as osteopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture massage and Bach flower therapy, provided there is an established medical necessity.

Inpatient treatment

You receive 100% of the costs of complementary medicines and therapies, provided there is an established medical necessity, up to CHF 5,000 per calendar year.

Conditions:

  • Your doctor, naturopath or complementary therapist is recognised by us.
  • The therapy method is recognised by us and to find on the list "Recognised special forms of treatment" or "Recognised therapeutic methods in complementary medicine".
  • The medicine is provided or prescribed by a doctor or by a naturopath recognised by us and are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic for the treatment of the existing illness. (Medications on the list of pharmaceutical products with a special application (LPPV) are excluded).
  • The inpatient treatment is prescribed by a doctor and is performed in a medical institution or convalescent facility recognised by us.

Product information:
COMPLETA