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Pregnant & Diagnosed With Diabetes? CAUTION: It's Likely to Recur!

Updated on March 12, 2012
If you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, it's likely to recur.
If you had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy, it's likely to recur.

Did You Develop Diabetes When Pregnant?

If you developed diabetes when you were pregnant, then you've acquired a condition known as gestational diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that about four-percent of women develop gestational diabetes in their first pregnancy. 

The condition usually strikes women in the later stages of pregnancy and is characterized by the body's inability to regulate insulin, which results in high blood sugar. White rarely fatal, it can cause health problems for both mother and unborn child. 

The study was conducted by Dr. Darios Getahun, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group, in Pasadena and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Asians, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders are more than twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes.
Asians, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders are more than twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes.

Chances that Gestational Diabetes Will Recur?

According to the study, the chances of contracting diabetes increases with each future pregnancy. If you contracted the disease in your previous pregnancy, then you increase your chances from 41 percent after the first pregnancy, to 57 percent after two pregnancies.

NOTE: The study states that Pacific Islanders, Asians and Hispanics have double the chance of contracting gestational diabetes as do Caucasian women. Researchers think that the high intake of rice in their diet (of the first two groups) may be the culprit, since it spikes insulin and sugar levels.

Diet, exercise and weight-loss can prevent gestational diabetes. What are you waiting for?
Diet, exercise and weight-loss can prevent gestational diabetes. What are you waiting for?

Gestational Diabetes: Impact of Weight and Lifestyle

What the study did NOT consider was the impact of weight and lifestyle. Researchers know that one in every three pregnant women is overweight, and they also know that being overweight contributes to gestational diabetes.

If you are at risk for gestational diabetes, you need to speak with your health-care professional concerning information about changes in diet, along with the added benefit of exercise and weight-loss, which may help you resist or prevent this disease.

As Dr. Getahun states, "...lifestyle intervention may help to prevent gestational diabetes and related adverse pregnancy outcomes,"

Madam Aphrodite™ couldn't have said it better!

CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.



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