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My Pregnancy Pantry | Diabetes In Pregnacy Awareness

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Exercise added to nutrition can minimise the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and result in healthier living. Now that is a formula worth figuring out! Not only can this type of disease be prevented, but also can be eliminated. During my pregnancy I have found some interesting information to share with you regarding two types of diabetes as I had to take the test myself

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the UK, not only for men, but women as well. One of the most common and growing types of diabetes is Type 2, which is mostly affected by nutrition and exercise. The positive part about this type of diabetes is it is controllable. Although one may not feel sick or different after they are diagnosed, it is important to monitor and take some active measures. Type 2 diabetes occurs because the body has trouble producing insulin, which is used to convert glucose (food sugars) into energy. If the body does not produce this, then the glucose is not broken down in the body and this becomes harmful.

Another type of diabetes that is gaining more interest is one that presents difficulty for women. This is more specialised because the disease can affect both mother and their unborn children.

Diabetes can cause trouble during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or a baby born with birth defects.

Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack, and at a younger age, than women without diabetes. For women who do not currently have diabetes, pregnancy brings the risk of gestational diabetes. Now most doctors do a test about week 28 to look for this type of diabetes. It can affect approximately 18 percent of all pregnancies, and even higher possibilities for those carrying multiples, but disappears when a pregnancy is over. Unfortunately women who have had gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds are at an increased risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Again, like Type 2 diabetes, this can be monitored by nutritional intake with a combination of moderate exercise.

In a recent study by Newcastle University the research is wonderfully optimistic that the control of diet can truly reverse diabetes under the care of your physician.

So research has once again shown more benefits of diet and exercise and how it can certainly impact not only the quality of life but also the quantity. Keep moving and making healthy food choices along the way.

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