Can exercise help gestational diabetes?

Yes. Activity such as walking, or moderate exercise after meals can help lower sugars a bit, but women still need to follow the diet, check sugars, and possibly take meds. Don't think that "more exercise" (such as a marathon) is a substitute for the diet/medication treatment. While it was done, and we don't know exactly how much exercise is "safe", I'm not confident that a marathon is the best idea.
Yes. Exercise can help stabilize blood sugar and decrease Insulin resistance in anyone. Given the pregnancy, however, it is wise to discuss with your obstetrician exactly what is safe to do. The likely answer is that you can do whatever you want. A woman in the news recently gave birth immediately after she finished running a marathon! Talk to the ob/gyn who knows you personally.

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Can you tell me about gestational diabetes - general questions (not regarding diet/exercise)?

Gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Gestational diabetes occurs because the placental hormone makes you less sensitive to insulin. Babies born after poorly controlled gestational diabetes often experience a reactive low blood sugar right after delivery. These babies tend to be large. That increases the risk for needing a c-section.

I just found out I have gestational diabetes, what are some good sites for meals, exercise and self care?

See below. A good place to start for basic information: http://diabetes. Niddk. Nih. Gov/dm/pubs/gestational/index. Aspx. And check out the links on the page. Also see: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/diabetesandpregnancy. Html. Women with gestational diabetes need to see an obstetrician who have experience with high-risk pregnancies. It's also a good idea to see a diabetes educator or dietitian.

What is gestational diabetes?

Temporary Diabetes. Gestational diabetes occurs in women who are pregnant. Prior to becoming pregnant the woman was not diabetic and once the woman delivers the baby the diabetes goes away. Having gestational diabetes does not mean that a woman will go one to develop diabetes in the absence of pregnancy but it is a risk factor.
Diabetes... That occurs during pregnancy obstetricians standard care looks for patients who develop it puts both mother and fetus at risk for adverse outcomes.

What causes Gestational diabetes?

Insulin Resistance. Gestational Diabetes is the development of glucose "intolerance" after the diagnosis of pregnancy has been made. During pregnancy, at least 6 factors are produced by the pregnancy that interfere with the body's ability to manage blood sugar by blocking the action of insulin. Age, weight, previous history, and family history are among the risk factors. Diet, and/or medication (oral or insulin)

Is gestational diabetes a disease?

Yes. Gestational diabetes is when during pregnancy, a woman is unable to produce enough Insulin to regulate her body's blood sugar. Gestational diabetes should be managed carefully to reduce health risks to the woman and her fetus. Also, there is higher risk of developing diabetes in the future.
Yes -caused by carbs. Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse.. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm.

What causes gestational diabetes?

Obesity/age/hormones. Excessive maternal weight for height, increasing maternal age, poor dietary habits, family history and placental hormones can all contribute to cause gestational diabetes mellitus in any one pregnant woman. Other risk factors are hispanic race/ethnicity, increasing number of previous pregnancies and multifetal pregnancies (twins, triplets etc).
Insulin resistance. Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse.. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. You must improve your diet or you will end up with dm.

Is gestational diabetes hereditary?

Yes, but partially. Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient (leading to high sugars) are often transmitted in the genetic make-up. However, gestational diabetes is also strongly related to other non-hereditary factors like age, weight, physical activity levels, and diet habits.
Not really. Not really, but is kind of one of those "runs in the family" type problems.