Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes most common during pregnancy in which the body does not produce enough insulin to regulate sugar. According to a New York Times article, women who suffer from gestational diabetes have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life and therefore, should be closely monitored.
In a study published in PLOS Medicine, research shows that pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes not only have a higher risk of diabetes later on, but also have an increased risk for heart disease and hypertension. About 5 years after giving birth, mothers who were diagnosed with gestational disabilities are at the highest risk and are 2.8 times more likely to develop heart disease. Their chances of developing high blood pressure also double.
If you smoke or are overweight, you are at risk of developing gestational diabetes but with diet and exercise, you can help control your blood sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about scheduling annual check-ups where they can conduct the appropriate tests and create a meal and exercise plan best suited to your needs.
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