Type 2 Diabetes – The Long-Term Health of Babies Born to Mothers With Gestational Diabetes!

The uterus is an environment where important growth and development takes place. Investigators at Aarhus University in Denmark looked at diabetes as an environmental factor in children of mothers who suffered the condition during pregnancy.

Their study, published in PLosOne, May 2012, followed 1,781,576 individuals for 30 years.

  • children whose mothers were diagnosed for Type 2 diabetes had more than twice the risk of cancer as children of non-diabetic mothers.
  • children of mothers with Type 2 diabetes had a 40 per cent greater risk, and
  • children of mothers with Gestational diabetes had a 30 per cent greater risk, of heart and blood vessel disease, than children of healthy mothers.

It has long been known the pregnant mother’s health and diet are important to their babies. The more we learn, the more we realize just how important those facts are, and what a big responsibility pregnancy is.

Pre-pregnancy. Women are advised they need to normalize their weight…

  • eating a vegan diet rich in fresh fruits, veggies, and fiber will help to keep cravings away and lower dietary fat content.
  • going for a walk every day or joining a gym and working out daily, or taking up a sport, folk dancing or belly dancing are good ways to burn fat and reduce insulin resistance.

Reducing insulin resistance allows insulin to lower blood sugar levels. If possible, avoid glucocorticoid preparations such as dexamethasone and prednisone, which increase blood sugar levels, and nicotinic acid should be avoided.

During pregnancy. Continue to follow a healthful vegan diet as well as taking the prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor. Most women can perform at the same exercise level as before their pregnancy, but remember when you are out of breath, so is your baby. Stop physical activity immediately if you feel pain, cramping, or bleeding, and call your healthcare provider.

Gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually causes no signs or symptoms, and so should be tested for at around 12 to 15 weeks of pregnancy. Some women experience increased hunger and thirst and an increased need to urinate, just as people with Type 2 diabetes do.

When Gestational diabetes is diagnosed, special dietary plans and physical activity are prescribed, often along with daily blood sugar testing and insulin injections.

Following the delivery of their baby, mothers who had Gestational diabetes should be monitored for the development of Type 2 diabetes. Subsequent pregnancies have two chances in three of being complicated by Gestational diabetes, so your doctor should be made aware of your medical history.