Mother's Day is just around the corner and in light of this occasion, many healthcare agencies and providers are encouraging women to take measures to ensure that their families do not develop serious health problems due to undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
While some mothers-to-be start planning their post-pregnancy workout regimens months before their due dates, others may find themselves succumbing to ice cream cravings - they're going to gain weight either way, right?
Many people know that obesity is a primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. However, some women may not realize that weight gain at any time in life - even during pregnancy - may cause them to become diabetic.
There is no shortage of evidence that obesity and weight gain have negative effects on an individual's health. However, it may be especially important for mothers-to-be to maintain a healthy body mass in between pregnancies, since failure to do so may lead to gestational diabetes.
Some women wish that they could foresee the future. However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology indicated that these females may be able to predict that they will develop gestational diabetes up to seven years before they even become pregnant.
The age at which many women are becoming pregnant for the first time is being pushed back. This may have a number of important health consequences, not the least of which is an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes are significantly more common among racial minorities, but new legislation introduced into Congress seeks to address these issues by making educational and other health resources more available to those affected by the problem.
Diabetes is a serious disease requiring professional medical attention. The information and recipes on this site, although as accurate and timely as feasibly possible, should not be considered as medical advice, nor as a substitute for the same. All recipes and menus are provided with the implied understanding that directions for exchange sizes will be strictly adhered to, and that blood glucose levels can be affected by not following individualized dietary guidelines as directed by your physician and/or health-care-team.