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Gestational diabetes was only added to the World Health Organization's list of diagnostic codes in 1979. Was this a new phenomenon in 1979? Physicians had known about diabetes for centuries. Had doctors just discovered gestational diabetes in 1979? Insulin had been used to treat diabetes since 1921 and oral medications since the early 1960s. So, why was gestational diabetes not given an official medical code until such a late date? The answer to that question has a lot to do with our social understanding of health and illness.
Advances in medical technology, along with a new interest in the early detection of disease, have fundamentally changed the way we view illness. This has been especially so for chronic illnesses like diabetes. But, diabetes was not always considered a chronic illness. Until the discovery of insulin in 1921 and the realiza...
is high blood sugar (glucose) that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies at birth. This can increase the chance of problems at the time of delivery.
This article discusses the diet recommendations for women with gestational diabetes who do NOT take insulin.
Gestational diabetes diet
Eating a balanced diet is an important part of any pregnancy. The food you eat helps your baby grow and develop while in the womb. Diet is even more important if you have diabetes. Most of the time, eating properly can keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels from becoming too high or too low. Eating properly can also help you avoid needing medications for your diabetes.
You can help manage gestational diabetes with diet and exercise. Every pregnancy is different. Your doctor and dietitian will create a diet just for you, based...
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Diabetes is when your blood glucose level is too high. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, between three and eight percent of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes. Although the exact cause of gestational diabetes is not known, there are some theories. One is that hormones found in the placenta to help the baby grow block insulin from working in the mother. This creates insulin resistance. The mother’s body is not able to make and use the insulin it needs and blood glucose levels rise. Who is at Risk to Develop Gestational Diabetes? Any woman that is pregnant is at risk for developing gestational diabetes, however, there are some risk factors that increase the chances of developing this condition. If you have any of the following risk factors, talk with your doctor about regular screenings to help keep you, and your baby, healthy. Age: Wom...
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