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Gestational Diabetes – A Risk for Pregnant Women

Gestational Diabetes – A Risk for Pregnant Women

Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that can develop in a woman while she is pregnant.   Between 3 and 5 percent of all pregnant women in the United States will develop this condition. Like type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is believed to be caused by a condition known as insulin resistance.  Insulin is […]

Gestational Diabetes Poses Risks for Baby

Gestational Diabetes Poses Risks for Baby

Approximately 5 percent of all pregnant women in the United States will develop gestational diabetes.  Most women with gestational diabetes deliver healthy babies.  But the condition can put your baby at risk for complications during delivery and after birth. Gestational diabetes develops over time during pregnancy.  Researchers believe changes in hormone levels make it difficult […]

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

What Causes Insulin Resistance?

Insulin resistance (IR) is a condition that results when the cells in the body are less responsive to insulin than normal.  This means it takes more insulin to get the cells to be receptive to blood glucose or sugar.  Glucose is the primary source of energy for the cells.  When cells do not respond to […]

When Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Eclampsia Join Forces

When Gestational Diabetes and Pre-Eclampsia Join Forces

I suppose you could say that gestational diabetes has an advantage over other types of diabetes. Gestational diabetes, which only appears when a woman is pregnant, also disappears after the pregnancy is over. It can reappear if she becomes pregnant again, but many women who’ve had gestational diabetes have gone on to become pregnant at […]

Gestational Diabetes: Benefits of Diet and Exercise

Gestational Diabetes: Benefits of Diet and Exercise

Gestational diabetes affects more than 4 percent of pregnant women in the United States.  Are you pregnant? Do you have gestational diabetes? Or are you concerned that it may appear during your pregnancy?  One of the best things you can do is look at your diet. Why is diet so important? Because if you can […]

Pregnant Women at Risk for Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant Women at Risk for Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that affects how the body processes and controls the amount of sugar in the bloodstream. When a healthy person eats, food is digested and broken down into sugar which is passed into the bloodstream. An organ called the pancreas creates insulin which is a chemical that helps move sugar […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising with Gestational Diabetes

The Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising with Gestational Diabetes

One important part of any pregnancy, even for those who suffer with gestational diabetes, is moderate physical activity or exercise. One of the best ways to control gestational diabetes is with moderate exercise. Your blood sugar levels are affected by your exercise and physical activity. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child […]

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Like type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes affects how the cells use glucose. Glucose is the cells’ main source of energy. Unlike other types of diabetes, this type only develops during pregnancy. (1) Gestational diabetes usually develops during the last half of pregnancy. It can sometimes present as early as the 20th […]

Diabetes and the Hispanic American Woman

Diabetes and the Hispanic American Woman

Hispanic American women are two or three times more likely than non-Hispanic American women to develop diabetes. When the body is unable to create or use insulin properly, the result is diabetes. The body needs insulin to transform food into energy. When it’s unable to perform this function, a variety of health problems can begin […]