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Gestational Diabetes: Q And A

Q. What is gestational diabetes? A. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It is different from having known diabetes before pregnancy and then getting pregnant. Gestational diabetes is generally diagnosed in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, and usually goes away after the baby is born. Gestational diabetes can cause problems for the mother and baby, but treatment and regular check-ups mean most women have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Q. Am I at risk of gestational diabetes? A. Gestational diabetes affects between 10 and 15 per cent of pregnancies in Australia. Women of certain ethnic backgrounds — Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, Maori and Pacific Islander — are more at risk of developing gestational diabetes than women of Anglo-Celtic backgrounds. Other factors can also increase your risk, including: being overweight; having a family history of diabetes; having had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy; being 40 years or older; having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); taking medicines that can affect blood sugar levels (such as corticosteroids and antipsy Continue reading >>

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  1. Royston46

    Can anyone tell me if you have had non alcoholic beer & wine ? I was thinking about getting some in for Xmas ?
    Is it OK for Diaetics ? and does anyone know if you can get this from the major supermarkets ?

  2. Northerner

    You can certainly purchase non-alcoholic wine and beer from most major supermarkets. Personally I prefer the real thing, which is fine in moderation for people with diabetes. You do need to check whether you are OK with any meds you might be taking though. As you are pretty new to things you are still at the stage of learning when 'enough is enough' regarding how your blood sugar levels will react to alcohol, so it is a learning process. I avoided alcohol completely for about 3 months after diagnosis, but then decided I didn't like non-alcoholic drinks when I was at the pub (never liked them pre-diagnosis!) so decided to just have ordinary beer and I was fine with it. The thing about alcohol is that it will probably boost your levels initially, but then lower them later as the liver processes the alcohol, so the overall effect is not as severe as you might expect (although people can vary a lot in this!).
    As far as I know, low alcohol alternatives still contain carbohydrates and msy even have a higher sugar content than the ordinary stuff.

  3. Caroline

    I used to get a non alcoholic wine called Eisberg which was quite nice, brilliant for drivers but not sure if it is any good for diabetics.
    Providing you are not driving, alcoholic wine is fine, I usually have it as with a meal

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