Type 2 Diabetes - Preventing Diabetes Developing After Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is like Type 2 diabetes in that it is acquired when the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Ittakes place during pregnancy, and is associated with a high risk of Type 2 diabetes after pregnancy.
Investigators in the Department of Nutrition, Cheil General Hospital and Womens Healthcare Center, Kwandong University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea, compared the diets of women who had suffered from gestational diabetes, shortly after they gave birth.
Their results were published in the Diabetes and Metabolism Journal in August 2011.
The study revealed: One hundred and eighty-four womenwho had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes were included in the study. Between 6 and 12 weeks after delivery, oral glucose tolerance tests were performed to determine how well the womens bodies were able to process and use sugar...
According to the food diaries kept by the participants, thewomen diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes had the highest intakes of animal fats, and the highest percent of their total calories were made up of calories from fats.
From these results it was concluded women withgestational diabetes should be cautioned from eating too much animal fat during their pregnancy and after giving birth.
The American Dietetic Association takes the position avegan diet is the best kind for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. A vegan diet can provide all the nutritionneeded for pregnant mothers and their babies. According to the Cleveland Clinic:
pregnant women should choose foods high in fiber, such as whole wheat and vegetables.
every day pregnant women should take in 1200 mg ofcalcium, which is contained in green leafy vegetables, tofu, beans and peas.
10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight to the face, arms or hands three times a day can provide vitamin D.
pregnant women need to eat 27 mg of iron per day inbroccoli, leafy green vegetables, Brussels sprout, enriched rice, sweet potatoes, dried legumes, raisins, prunes, and peanuts.
folic acid is an important nutrient that can be obtained from dark green leafy veggies, lima beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and black-eyed peas.
at least one source of vitamin A should be included every other day. Good sources include pumpkins, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, beet greens, spinach, apricots and cantaloupe.
a daily dose of vitamin C might be made up of citrus fruit strawberries, honeydew melon, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green peppers, tomatoes, or mustard greens.
vitamin B12 can be obtained from supplemented soy milk or cereals.
It is not unusual to find doctors prescribe prenatalvitamins for pregnant women, and B12 supplements can be part of that prescription.