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Effects Of Gestational Diabetes On Baby

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Gestational Diabetes

Home> Medical care> Fetal Concerns Center> Conditions> Pregnancy complications> Gestational diabetes What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where sufficient amounts of insulin are either not produced or the body is unable to use the insulin that is produced. Insulin is the hormone that allows glucose to enter the cells of the body to provide fuel. When glucose cannot enter the cells, it builds up in the blood and the body's cells literally starve to death. About one in every 100 women of childbearing age has diabetes. In addition, 2 to 3 percent of women develop diabetes during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes. Diabetes in pregnancy can have serious consequences for the mother and the growing fetus. The severity of problems often depends on the degree of the mother's diabetic disease, especially if she has vascular (blood vessel) complications and poor blood glucose control. Diabetes that occurs in pregnancy is described as: Gestational diabetes - when a mother who does not have diabetes develops a resistance to insulin because of the hormones of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes may be non-insulin dependent or insulin dependent. Pre-existing diabetes - women who Continue reading >>

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  1. KarinB

    What is the best sort of cream for a Diabetic (T1) to use on their feet to keep them soft and moisturised? I have searched the internet and there is a lot of controversy over what to use.
    Also, whilst on the subject of feet, does anyone use a JML Shower Feet? As we only have a shower so our feet don't have the chance to soak in a bath I thought this may be a good idea, not only for my diabetic son, but also for all of us to use (or shouldn't we share?).

  2. izzzi

    I think those JML Shower Feet gadgets are the worst things to use in a shower.
    They could trap more bad things all over your feet. ( yak )
    Aqueous Cream BP is very good and not expensive.
    Roy.

  3. witan

    It's true that showers are one of the worst things for your feet - there is a great tendency to overlook them.
    Most important is to physically wash them, if you can't balance on one leg sit down in the shower and do it. Then there is the drying, too many people just let them air-dry, then some bits, especially between the toes won't dry before you put your socks or shoes on, if you are in a hard-water area there will be a build up of calcium salts which may cause other problems too. A water softener will probably help.
    So dry thoroughly and use a cream, any simple cream will do, but not too greasy or oily or your foot may start sliding around in your shoes and that can feel quite uncomfortable. Fancy expensive creams aren't necessary unless you are treating another problem, they simply doubly ensure they are dry and add a fine protective layer.
    like every thing in life you only get out what you put in, so if you want to care for your feet well you'll need to soak them a couple of times a week, a large washing up bowl is all you'll need. what to add to the water - I've used anything from TCP (diluted as instructions) when treating fungal nail infections and cracked skin to Epsom Salts which I'm trying now and are a great low cost way of softening your skin and may have BP reducing advantages too.

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