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Gestational Diabetes – What You Need to Know

Posted Sep 04 2013 8:37am

kimkardashianmeme Having children is a complicated decision. It isn't like the good old days when one could get married and expect Life to turn out OK when you had kids.

With the world moving towards a more materialistic lifestyle like never before, taking care of one's needs is hard enough – let alone when you have children. You have to plans things – of course, if not for numerous instances when you let stupid breed.

For example, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian – but they have money, thanks to a lot of other morons who think that what they have to offer is the new 'cool'.

Of course, let this not discourage you from having children but know that there will be unforseen complications that you will have to be ready for.

Even if it might manifest in the form of gestational diabetes but nothing you can't handle though.

Now, before we cover gestational diabetes , let's understand diabetes 1 & 2 first.

Type 1 & 2 Diabetes – An Overview

Diabetes mellitus , being classified as a metabolic disorder, consists of two types – Type 1 and Type 2 – of which the latter comprises 90% of diabetes patients in the world.

While the common factor between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is the necessity of insulin, the former condition deals with issue of no insulin being produced while the latter deals with the inadequate production of insulin or even the cells' resistance to insulin in the first place.

One important reason why people get diabetes is due to being overweight or obese. Yet another reason why an exercise routine along with the proper diet can reduce the risk of one having to deal with such a condition for a lifetime.

Simply drinking one can of non-alcoholic soda everyday can raise the risk of diabetes while men with low testosterone levels tend to face a greater risk of suffering from diabetes. Age also plays a role in increasing this risk as well.

Which brings us to the third type of diabetes, also known as gestational diabetes, and which can cause health problems for the both the mother and child during and after childbirth.

Gestational Diabetes – What You Need to Know

pregnantbeforehighschool Gestational diabetes occurs during the latter stages of pregnancy. The main reason for this type of diabetes to occur is because there is too much glucose in the body, and which cannot be transported to the cells, thanks to the insufficient production of insulin.

Unlike the other types of diabetes, this type occurs in pregnant women but can be controlled, much like the other two, with a proper diet, exercise and glucose-controlling medication.

Women who are overweight or have eaten too much food containing animal fat as well as cholesterol prior to their pregnancy are at a greater risk of getting gestational diabetes than those who didn't. A person's family history when it comes to diabetes also plays an important role in this.

With that said, it does not affect that many women as statistics reveals that only 4% of pregnant women have to deal with this condition every year.

In Closing
So, is there any information that you would like to share about the condition of gestational diabetes? If so, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on gestational weight gain – something that all expecting mothers should think about.

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