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Type 2 Diabetes - Having PreEclampsia Raises the Risk of Developing Gestational Diabetes

For more than a decade preeclampsia and Gestational diabetes which is also known as diabetes of pregnancy, have been diagnosed together in sufficient numbers of women to make scientists suspect a relationship exists between the two. Preeclampsia is a condition in which pregnant women develop…

  • high blood pressure, and
  • lose protein in their urine.

Often they suffer swelling in their ankles, feet, and hands, as well as having abnormally sensitive reflexes. If not dealt with, the condition can progress on to eclampsia, or convulsions, endangering the lives of both the mother and child.

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugars go too high for the first time. It raises the risk of the mother then developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes five to ten years after giving birth.

In May 2017, the online journal PLOS ONE reported having preeclampsia also raises the risk of developing diabetes during the pregnancy. Researchers at Korea University in Seoul, Korea, studied the medical records of 252,276 women having a baby during a period of 5 years…

  • a total of 150,794 women had a second infant during the following four years.
  • the women with preeclampsia during the first pregnancy had a 20 percent increased risk of developing diabetes during their second pregnancy when compared with women who had neither condition with their first pregnancy.
  • women diagnosed with diabetes during their first pregnancy had more than three times the risk of developing Gestational diabetes with their second pregnancy.
  • women who had both conditions during their first pregnancy showed almost six times the risk of Gestational diabetes during their second pregnancy.

From the above results, the investigators concluded having preeclampsia in the first pregnancy raised the risk of developing Gestational diabetes in the second.

Fortunately, the risk for either condition can be lowered with physical activity. Back in 2005 researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, the United States, reviewing the literature found studies showing physical activity during pregnancy lowered the risk of Gestational diabetes by 50 percent. The risk of preeclampsia was reduced by 40 percent.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends exercise during pregnancy in healthy women. See your doctor or midwife for specific directions on physical activity.

Other ways of preventing preeclampsia and Gestational diabetes include…

  • maintaining a healthy weight,
  • eating a healthful diet, and
  • gaining only the recommended weight for growth and development of the baby.

When either condition or both strike, they are dealt with medically.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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