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Published on November 02, 2018

Photo of heart with diabetes written on clipboardWhat You Should Know About Diabetes

Photo of heart with diabetes written on clipboardAccording to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, gestational diabetes is a condition that can develop in females during pregnancy.

“Most of the time gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born, however, even if it goes away, the mother and baby have a greater chance of developing diabetes later in life,” said Ghasak Amer Mahmood MD, an endocrinologist physician at PIH Health.

Other types of diabetes are Type 1, where the body produces little or no insulin; and Type 2, where the body causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal.

Causes of Diabetes

There are many factors that play a role in developing diabetes. However Type 1 is hard to predict, as its caused by an abnormal behavior of the body’s autoimmune system turning against itself.

Type 2 diabetes can be caused by genes, excessive body weight, age, family history, inactivity and the development of gestational diabetes when a female was pregnant.

Diabetes Prevention

And although Type 1 and sometimes gestational cannot be prevented, you can potentially lower your chances of gestational and Type 2. Start with healthy lifestyle choices such as eating healthy foods that are low in fat and calories and high in fiber.

Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains; get 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, and try to lose excess fat. If you are overweight, losing body weight can reduce the risk of diabetes.

The information in Healthy Living Online 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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