Gestational Diabetes

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UNDERSTANDING GESTATIONAL  DIABETES
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that would women contract during their pregnancy. It is one of the most troublesome from of diabetes for women who are expecting babies. It is thus a very difficult condition for those women who wish to avoid any problems during their pregnancy. It has the following features such as high blood sugar in the women suffering from the diabetes. This form of diabetes does not exhibit any symptoms in most women who will not be able to tell whether they have this form of diabetes.

How to diagnose Gestational diabetes
The diabetes of this type is among the most crucial type for many reasons such as being very widespread in most women who get pregnant. It is thus one of the reasons women who are obese and pregnant are liable for this type of diabetes and should immediately consult their doctor. They may need to however undergo a thorough examination or diagnosis beforehand. This consists of checking their glucose level in their blood.
There is however a high risk factor that women would contract this form of diabetes. This is due to the fact that one in a 100 women in the United States picks up this form of disease. The disease is thus very widespread and can bring about many adverse effects. This is because a large dosage of glucose can cause the baby damage in the mother’s womb. The pregnant mom thus needs to combat this form of diabetes.

What are the general causes of gestational diabetes?
The main causes of gestational diabetes is pregnancy and other weight gain that happens in such women and this is why they need to find out if they are susceptible to the disease before it occurs. It does not end at that because there are other causes for the gestational diabetes. It can be things such as the presence of hormone known as insulin that makes it hard for the body to keep producing glucose in moderate levels.

How to find out your risk for this type of diabetes
Women that are obese and have had a high risk of diseases in their family especially for this type of diabetes are the most vulnerable for this type of disease or particularly this form of diabetes. It does not end there because those women who have glucose in their urine are at an even higher risk than most women. They will thus need to have their diagnosis in order to confirm this.

Women at high risk should then get an effective treatment for this diabetes through physical treatment in the form of good meals and portion control and insulin control as well as exercise.

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Diabetes Diet Plan

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A diabetes diet — medically known as medical nutrition therapy (MNT) for diabetes — simply translates into eating a variety of nutritious foods in moderate amounts and sticking to regular mealtimes. If you have diabetes you should follow a special diet. Remember to drink water with each meal. Diabetes Type 1 must be treated by regular injection of insulin, it cannot be control with a diabetic diet or exercise alone. Approximately 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are obese or overweight, in most cases it can be managed by engaging in a diabetic diet weight loss plan together with proper amount of exercise. Treatment for gestational diabetes includes special diabetic diet meal and scheduled physical activity. In some cases it may also include daily blood glucose testing and insulin injections.

Diabetic diet plan is simply a healthy balanced meal plan followed by diabetes patient. A good diet plan will not only help you improve your blood glucose levels but also help keep your weight on track. Diabetic diet plan differ from person to person due to our nutritional needs, daily activity and type of diabetes a patient suffers. Following are some important points suggested by the American Diabetic Association when planning your meal. Foods that should be avoided include; fatty red meat, organ meat, highly processed food, fried food, fast food, high cholesterol food and foods rich in saturated fat.

• One serving of protein

• One serving of bread

• One serving of dairy

• One serving vegetables

• One serving fruit

• Small amounts of unsaturated fats are needed, so add a little dressing or a pat of soft margarine

• Avoid sweets – consider the fruit your dessert

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, your doctor will likely recommend that you see a dietitian to guide you on dietary changes that can help you control your blood sugar (glucose) level and manage your weight. Diet is very important in diabetes. There are differing philosophies on what is the best diet but below is a guideline with some general principles. Talk with your diabetes teacher to make a meal plan that fits the way you usually eat, your daily routine, and your diabetes medicines. Then make your own plan.

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Diabetic Symptoms

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Diabetes can and often does go undiagnosed because the symptoms can seem harmless and oftentimes normal. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during the second half of pregnancy.Although gestational diabetes typically goes away after delivery of the baby. Women who have gestational diabetes are more likely than other women to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

Some diabetes symptoms include:

• Frequent urination

• Excessive thirst

• Extreme hunger

• Unusual weight loss

• Increased fatigue

• Irritability

• Blurry vision

Pre diabetes is a condition wherein no physical symptoms are seen although you are predisposed to having diabetes because of the risk factors that are present like having a history of diabetes in the family, age, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, insulin resistance, smoking, alcoholic abuse and an unhealthy lifestyle. Type 1 diabetes is typically recognized in childhood or adolescence. It used to be known as juvenile-onset diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

Type 1 diabetes symptoms:

• Frequent urination

• Excessive thirst

• Extreme hunger

• Unusual weight loss

• Increased fatigue

• Irritability

• Blurry vision

However, high blood sugar is not something you can see in the mirror at home, so it is useful to know the side – effects of high blood sugar, which are commonly recognized as the noticeable symptoms of diabetes. The pancreas secretes insulin, but the body is partially or completely unable to use the insulin. This is sometimes referred to as insulin resistance. The body tries to overcome this resistance by secreting more and more insulin. People with insulin resistance develop type 2 diabetes when they do not continue to secrete enough insulin to cope with the higher demands.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms:

• Blurry vision

• Cuts or sores that are slow to heal

• Itchy skin, yeast infections

• Increased thirst

• Dry mouth

• Need to urinate often

• Leg pain

If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away. You can also take our Online Diabetes Risk Test to find out if you are at risk for diabetes.

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