Diabetes and Pregnancy

Recent research shows that women who eat a diet high in potatoes might have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.

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Potatoes seem to be on every menu and for good reason: The starchy tubers are cheap, nutritious and delicious. Although once only widely eaten in Europe, North America and eastern Europe, recent years have seen increases in consumption in the rest of the world, with China currently the largest producer, accounting for one-third of potatoes grown globally. So what’s the downside to the spud’s spread?

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Read all about how breastfeeding your child might help you avoid Type 2 diabetes after giving birth.

 

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You’ve probably already heard all about the benefits breastfeeding provides newborns, but did you know the benefits don’t stop with your baby? If you suffered from gestational diabetes during pregnancy, new studies show that breastfeeding can actually help you too!

Breastfeeding Study’s Promising Findings

Researchers discovered that moms with previously-diagnosed gestational diabetes who breastfed for two or more months after their baby’s birth had lowered odds of later developing type 2 diabetes. Even better news? The longer the women breast-fed, the lower the odds became.

It’s important to note that the study didn’t reveal breastfeeding actually caused a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes; it simply found a link between the two. The research team followed nearly a thousand women two years after they experienced gestational diabetes and childbirth. Almost 12 percent of them developed type 2 diabetes, with those who exclusively breast-fed having a 54% lower risk than those that did not breastfeed at all. Those who fed their babies even some breastmilk in addition to formula still reduced their odds by a third compared to those feeding formula only.

The length of time the moms breastfed mattered too. Those who breastfed between two and 10 months had half the risk of developing diabetes, with those breastfeeding more than 10 months showing an even further reduced risk.

How Breastfeeding Affects your Body

All these results and percents show that breastfeeding can yield benefits for those moms who had gestational diabetes, but how exactly does it work in the body? Lactating gives the body’s insulin-producing cells a rest since they don’t have to make so much insulin in order to lower blood glucose. According to the study’s lead researcher, breastfeeding uses up glucose and fat because the blood transfers those nutrients to the breast tissue to facilitate milk production. He likens breastfeeding to giving the body a recovery period and providing a reset for the body’s metabolism after the metabolic chaos of pregnancy subsides.

Sometimes women with complications such as gestational diabetes find it difficult to focus on breastfeeding or they have other complications that make it difficult. Finding support from a physician or lactation consultant can be essential to successful breastfeeding. Remember that other lifestyle factors can reduce future risk for diabetes, too. These include weight loss, increased activity, and dietary changes.

Use the Resources Available to You

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Seven common questions relating to diabetes in women.

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Like most diseases, diabetes affects each person in a slightly different manner. Just as your body is uniquely yours, so is the diabetes that you manage. And being a woman with the Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes yields yet an additional set of distinct questions. Read on for the answers to some common questions regarding diabetes in women.

Which diabetes medication has side effects specific to women?

Thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, are oral medications that may cause women who aren’t ovulating and have yet to go through menopause to begin ovulating. This means they’re able to conceive again. In addition, oral contraceptives might be less effective when taken with TZDs, increasing the chance of conception even more. Examples of TZDs are Actos and Avandia.

Should women with diabetes abstain from alcohol?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends women with diabetes stick to one drink per day, if they choose to drink alcohol at all.  According to their guidelines, one drink is the equivalent of one glass of wine or 12 ounces of beer.

Do women with diabetes have any sexual-health issues because of the disease?

It’s possible for some women to experience some changes in their sexual health due to diabetes. These include discomfort during intercourse, a decrease in vaginal lubrication, and an overall lack of libido.

Is it okay for a woman with diabetes to breastfeed?

Typically, yes, it’s perfectly fine for a mother with diabetes to nurse her child. Breast milk is generally recommended for all mothers who have preexisting or gestational diabetes since it provides the best nutrition for the baby.

Why are women with diabetes more likely to develop recurrent yeast infections?

Because glucose, or sugar in the blood serves as a trigger for yeast to grow in the body, women with diabetes tend to develop recurrent yeast infections more frequently.

What is the recommended daily intake of cholesterol for women with diabetes?

The ADA suggests cholesterol levels be less than 200, with LDL (bad cholesterol) under 100 mg/dL, HDL (good cholesterol) above 55 mg/dL, and triglycerides under 150 mg/dL.

Will a woman with diabetes pass the disease on to her children?

There are many factors that determine whether someone with diabetes will pass the disease on. Risk factors include whether there is a history of diabetes in the family, how old the mother is when the child is born, and the mother’s age at the time of diagnosis.

Information is power, so feel encouraged knowing the more knowledge you have about diabetes will help you manage its effects on your body. No matter the issue, though, remember to discuss any health concern or change in medication with your physician.

How We Can Help

As you embark on your journey to managing your diabetes, you’ll likely have questions about your insulin pump and other diabetes supplies. Let the trained experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy help. We have over 50 years of combined experience helping people just like you live life with diabetes fully. Check us out at www.focuspharmacy.com or call 1-866-403-6287.

 

Learn how you can manage your diabetes successfully to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.

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Before you rock that pregnancy glow, register for every baby item you could possibly need, and prep the nursery, be sure to consider the implications of pregnancy and your diabetes. Rest assured you can still enjoy a healthy pregnancy; it will simply go much smoother if you properly manage your diabetes during its duration. Read on to learn what that little miracle of life means for your diabetes and your insulin pump.

Plan Ahead for Peace of Mind

Although it might seem like an obvious first step, you should meet with all your health care providers – not just your obstetrician – before you even get pregnant. Having a plan in place will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and offer peace of mind as you prepare for managing your diabetes while growing a baby! Don’t underestimate the value of diabetes educators. They can teach you how pregnancy affects diabetes and give tips on how you can control your blood glucose during the next nine months. Keep in mind they’ll likely recommend you have close-to-normal glucose levels for about three months prior to becoming pregnant.

Consider Insulin Pump Therapy

In recent decades, insulin pump therapy has become a popular option for managing your diabetes during pregnancy. In the past 25 years, the number of insulin pump users increased dramatically – from 6,600 to 500,000. That includes the many women who chose insulin pump therapy as a means of managing diabetes during pregnancy. This type of therapy is most often part of a pregnancy health plan for those with Type 1 diabetes, but can be used successfully for those with Type 2 diabetes as well.

 Understand the Benefits and Risks of Insulin Pump Therapy

One of the most important benefits of using an insulin pump while you’re pregnant is having the ability to adjust your insulin dose in very small increments. Some pumps, in fact, allow these adjustments in 1/40-unit increments. You can also change the basal rate of insulin infusion every half hour or hour, which allows you to be right on target when it comes to matching your insulin delivery with your body’s insulin needs. These two features are especially advantageous since your hormone levels change throughout pregnancy, requiring more frequent alternations in your insulin delivery.

Be aware that an insulin pump carries a risk though: If an insulin infusion is disrupted for some reason, you could quickly have high blood glucose since only rapid-acting insulin is used in pumps. Although this is a concern for everyone with diabetes, it’s especially so if you’re pregnant since it also affects the health your baby.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Nutrition

Even when you’re not pregnant, diet plays an important role in managing your diabetes. Add baby to the picture and diet becomes even more critical. Collaborate with your physician and be open to changing your meal plan and food choices if necessary. Such a change could make a vital difference in helping you avoid glucose levels that are either too high or too low. Focus on the quality of food you eat while pregnant; choose foods that provide you, and your baby with the necessary nutrients while keeping your levels in check. This means eating whole foods, vegetables, whole grains, fruit, lean meats, beans, poultry, and some types of fish.

Whether you’re in the initial stages of family planning or you just found out you’re expecting, take a moment to enjoy this exciting time in your life. Know that with a little preparation and commitment, you can achieve a successful pregnancy while managing your diabetes at the same time. And don’t forget to take advantage of the experts at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy. They can save you time by answering all your questions about insulin pumps and diabetes supplies, leaving you to do what’s more important – plan for your new addition. Contact them at 1-866-403-6287 or visit www.focuspharmacy.com.