Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that affects pregnant women. The condition can negatively impact both the mother and the infant, writes Craig Stoltz. Children of mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to be obese by ages 5 to 7, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.
One thing that always makes me wince is a news story about some new oral diabetes drug that the reporter says promises to free people with diabetes from “painful insulin injections.” When I was a child, immunizations were painful. They were injected into a muscle, and after getting booster shots, my arm would ache for a day or…