History of Diabetes & Diabetics

Gestational Diabetes Treatment

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Gestational Diabetes Treatment

You can manage your gestational diabetes easily by simple meals plan, physically active and drug or insulin treatment.

Gestational diabetes treatment

  • Meals - limit sweets, eat three small meals and 1 to 3 snacks per day, maintain your meal’s time and include fibers in your meals in the form of fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.

  • physical activity - walking and swimming, can help you reach your blood-glucose targets.

  • some with gestational diabetes need insulin to reach their blood-glucose targets. Insulin is not harmful to your baby, but controlled blood glucose is beneficial to your baby.

Prevent Diabetes after Gestational Diabetes

After delivery, the blood-glucose level mostly returns to normal, still more chances for developing type 2 diabetes, so take the preventive measure.

Diabetes after delivery

Usually after childbirth, the blood-glucose levels return to normal in about 6 weeks. Because the placenta, which is responsible for extra hormonal production (that caused insulin resistance), is delivered. Check your blood-glucose level’s childbirth to make sure the blood-glucose level has returned to normal. Doctors may recommend an oral glucose tolerance test 6-8 weeks after delivery for measuring blood-glucose level.

What is the diabetic chance for a gestational diabetes mother?

Women who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy have a 60% more risk of developing type2 diabetes, later in their life. However, this can be preventable by maintaining an ideal body weight, a healthy food plan, and regular exercising.

Women who had gestational diabetes during one pregnancy have a 40%-50% chance of developing diabetes in their next pregnancy. So if you have gestational diabetes in previous pregnancy and now planning to get pregnant again, consult your doctor to make necessary lifestyle changes before your next pregnancy.

If you are gestational diabetes, then you have to do a lot to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

  • maintain normal weight - Even if you are above your ideal weight, losing 5 to 7 percentages of the body weight is enough to prevent the chance of getting diabetes. Try to reduce in step instead of trying to reduce over night.

  • be physically active in at least 30 minutes most of the days. Walk, swim, exercise, or dance.

  • food pyramid - healthy eating plan eats more grains, fruits, and vegetables. Cut down on fat and calories. Consult your dietitian he/she can help you design a meal plan.

Women who had gestational diabetes should undergo a test for diabetes or pre-diabetes once every year.

Diabetes Nutrition

Are you tired of taking insulin pills and injections for maintaining your blood sugar levels? Have you ever thought about the health advantages that can be derived from the consumption of food supplements? If not, think about it! The transition to the diabetic lifestyle will be much easier.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world. It prevents the body from using glucose in our food for taking care of its energy needs. This glucose gets accumulated in our blood, thereby risking the well-being of our heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves.

Nutritional Supplements for Diabetics

Recent researches carried out by food industries and health experts conclude that herbal supplements such as bitter melon, goat’s rue, nopal cactus, fenugreek, bilberry, gurmar, onions and garlic are quite effective in lowering the blood glucose level, thereby helping the patients to undergo less treatment distress.

Diabetics must be always cautious about the source of their calorie intake. Non starchy veggies, skimmed milk, , high fiber fruits and low glycemic food products are smart choices for an informed diabetic. Oil low in saturated fats content should be preferred. It had been proved that a balanced diabetic diet contains some important nutrients and useful supplements to help control dancing blood sugar. Let’s see few useful diabetic nutritional supplements we receive from our food, and their action in controlling diabetes.

  • Biotin – It helps the body in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

  • Vitamin C – It prevents sugar from getting attached to proteins. Insulin deficiency hinders effective metabolism and transport of Vitamin C, making its increased intake all the more important. Here, ascorbates like EmergenC is more preferred as compared to ascorbic acid.

  • Chromium – It aids the metabolism of glucose. It is most effective if consumed as niacin.

  • Vitamin E – It helps in improving insulin sensitivity.

  • Magnesium – It helps in lowering blood pressure and reducing heart-attack risks by relaxing the muscle tissues.

  • CLA – It helps in protecting cells from becoming diabetic or getting damaged by atherosclerosis, colon cancer and chronic inflammation.

  • Omega 3 and Alpha Lipoic Acids - They are effective building blocks and anti-oxidants respectively. They reduce the risks associated with nerve damages by aiding balancing of blood sugar.

  • Vitamin B6 – It helps in preventing neuropathy.

  • Vitamin D – It helps in reducing insulin resistance and averting the risks of cataract.

  • Zinc – It helps in improving the action of insulin.

Diabetics have greater needs of nutritional supplements for fulfilling the antioxidant and metabolic requirements of the body. Design your food intake as per the above necessities and living the diabetic lifestyle will be a much easier road to travel upon.

Exercise During Diabetes

Exercise promotes muscular activity and burns sugar. Therefore, you may need a reduction in the dose of table or insulin. Exercise during diabetes also promotes good circulation and maintains weight.

Regular exercise, the ½ hr – 1 hr of brisk walking improves the effect of insulin.

All diabetes patients need to exercise, but the type and the amount will vary for each individual. Most individuals would benefit from long walks (1.2-1.8 mi./day), gardening, walking to office or shopping complex, cycling short distances, or playing golf.

If you are taking insulin you will find that increasing your level of regular exercise may cause a significant fall in your blood glucose, sometimes producing hypoglycemia. You may therefore need to balance your food and insulin dose. If your type of exercise lasts longer e.g. badminton/tennis playing, you need to take sugar or fruit juice at regular intervals. Discuss this with your dietician or diabetes nurse educator.

If you are on tablets, you can perform extra exercise without worry of experiencing hypoglycemia.

If you are overweight and your diabetes is controlled alone, low blood glucose would not occur with an increase in amount of exercise.

The diagnosis of ‘Diabetes’ need not scare you to give up the sports you like. Many people with diabetes have excelled in highly competitive sports.

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