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Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy

Has your doctor diagnosed you with gestational diabetes (GD or GDM), a form of diabetes that appears only during pregnancy? While it might feel overwhelming at first, it turns out that this pregnancy complication is much more common than you might think. In fact, up to 9.2 percent of pregnant women have GD, according to a 2014 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Know that with careful monitoring and treatment, it can be managed, and you can have a safe and healthy pregnancy. READ MORE: What causes gestational diabetes? Who's most at risk? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? What are the complications? How can you prevent gestational diabetes? How is it treated? What happens to mom and baby after birth? What causes gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes usually starts between week 24 and week 28 of pregnancy when hormones from the placenta block insulin — a hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the body's metabolism of fats and carbs and helps the body turn sugar into energy — from doing its job and prevent the body from regulating the increased blood sugar of pregnancy effectively. This causes hyperglycemia (or high levels of Continue reading >>

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  1. roxy44

    Hi people think i got diabetes because i am over weight and lack excersise...is this the case? 1 memeber of my family said to me that they new it would happen!! and i am not educated in the subject enough to say different, there is no diabetes in the family...i am about 5 stone over weight,...and did love junk food but actually ate healthy
    if anyone can shed any light on this i would be grateful
    many thanx

  2. Jen&Khaleb

    If you are Type 2 there is evidence that your lifestyle did cause your diabetes. A lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet including far too much carbohydrate just isn't good for you. It may be that you have exhausted your own insulin and worn out your pancreas or your cells have become resistant to insulin. In saying that there are people who develop diabetes from medication, family history or after having gestational diabetes.
    Many people with T2 diabetes are able to improve their health and blood sugar levels to where they don't need medication. Lose the weight and make your health a priority and see how you go.
    All the best.

  3. phoenix

    Roxy, this short video about diabetes might help explain whats going on, (it includes T1 and T2 so you have to wait for the last bit for T2 but it's only a few minutes long)
    http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-dia ... _diabetes/
    One important thing not mentioned in the video is that if you loose weight your cells will become less insulin resistant . Even 10% loss can make a big difference, so it really is worthwhile concentrating on that.

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