National Diabetes Month 2018: Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s National Diabetes Month is focused on promoting health after gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops in pregnant women who have not previouslyhad diabetes. The high blood glucose (sugar) levels in these affected women can cause severe health problems in both mother and baby. While gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born, the mother still has a greater chance (50%) of getting type 2 diabetes and the child is at future risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Testing and management

Pregnant women are usually tested for gestational diabetes between 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes must immediately begin managing their blood glucose levels through healthy eating, physical activity, and possible daily blood glucose testing and insulin injections. It is crucial for a mother with gestational diabetes to partner with a doctor, nurse, and other members of a health care team to create and edit their treatment as needed.

Life after gestational diabetes

Mothers who’ve had gestational diabetesare more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. They will need to be tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after their baby is born. If the test is normal, they will then need to be tested every 3 years. Women who have had gestational diabetes also need to talk to their doctor if theyplan on becoming pregnant again in the future since the chances are 2 in 3 that it will return in future pregnancies. It is also important to inform a child’s doctor if their mother had gestational diabetes during their pregnancy since they will have an increased lifelong risk for becoming obese and/or developing type 2 diabetes.

Partner with Russell Medical before, during, and after your pregnancy

Healthy diet and nutrition habits improve your overall health while reducing your risk for gestational and type 2 diabetes. At Russell Medical, we offer a variety of nutrition and weight loss counseling options to help you improve your health and reduce your weight before, during, and after your pregnancy. Our health care professionals will work with you to create a personalized nutrition and/or weight loss plan to help you achieve your specific goals. At Russell Medical, our teamof physicians, nurse practitioners, and therapists are equipped with the resources and knowledge to help you prevent or treat gestational diabetes, as well as motivate you to make any other healthy changes in your life. Contact us today to hear more information.