Type 2 Diabetes – Preeclampsia Raises the Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Preeclampsia is a condition occurring in pregnancy after the first 20 weeks. The Mayo Clinic describes it as high blood pressure during pregnancy, with at least one organ damaged, usually the kidneys. Preeclampsia is diagnosed when a healthy pregnant woman suddenly shows a blood pressure rise and commonly when protein is found in her urine. The latter is a sign of kidney damage. According to a report published in the journal Diabetologia in September of 2016, preeclampsia doubles the risk of Gestational, or pregnancy induced, diabetes.

Scientists at Keele University in Stoke-on-Trent and Aberdeen University in the United Kingdom, combined twenty-one studies on preeclampsia and Gestational diabetes. They analysed the studies as if they were one large study. The results showed women diagnosed with preeclampsia were at 2.37 times the risk of developing Gestational diabetes than women with an average blood pressure reading.

So far we do not know how to prevent preeclampsia. Pregnant women are advised to eat a healthful diet and maintain a healthy weight throughout their pregnancy. The condition can be treated with magnesium sulfate to keep the problem from progressing to eclampsia, or convulsions. Mothers who do have preeclampsia need to be monitored carefully for Gestational diabetes. It is the third leading cause of pregnancy-related death in the world. Preeclampsia-eclampsia is the most common cause of pregnancy-related death in Latin America. It is estimated about 500,000 babies die worldwide from eclampsia each and every year.

Worldwide 10 million women develop this pregnancy disorder each year, and 76,000 of them die due to eclampsia or it’s complications. In the United States, Canada, and Western Europe 2 to 5 percent of pregnancies are complicated by the condition. In parts of Africa, the rate can be as high as 18 percent.

Signs and symptoms include…

sudden vomiting after 20 weeks of pregnancy,
vision problems such as blurring, light sensitivity, or temporary loss of vision,
upper abdominal pain, usually on the right side of the body,
abnormally active reflexes,
swollen ankles, feet, hands, and face,
sudden weight gain,
less or no urine,
high blood pressure,
protein in the urine,
fluid in the lungs,
shortness of breath, or
liver failure.

Preeclampsia is also dangerous for the baby. Blood vessels in the placenta can be damaged resulting in oxygen shortage. The only cure is delivery. Sometimes birth may be induced early if the baby is capable of breathing on its own. There are tests available to diagnose the baby’s lung maturity.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Type 2 Diabetes – Four Meal Planning Tips For Accelerated Weight Loss

Most people can lose weight, but unfortunately few can keep it off long-term. Successful losers who keep their excess weight off…

watched their fat intake,
would eat breakfast to help them avoid overeating throughout their day,
exercised for twenty minutes each day on five out of seven days, and
frequently monitored their weight loss and continued to keep track of what they were eating.

Being overweight is the single biggest factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.

If you are looking to shed a few pounds but don’t want to go on a full-blown diet, you may start looking into some of the tweaks you can make to your diabetic eating plan to get yourself on track and looking your best. You do not necessarily have to revamp your diet plan completely to see great results.

Far from it! Sometimes all it takes is a change here or there. Here are four meal planning tips for accelerated weight loss…

1. Harness Spices. As often as you can, start incorporating spices into your cooking routine. Spices are an excellent way to rev up the flavor of your dishes without adding unwanted fat or calories.

Spices will get you eating healthily and have you reaping health benefits because of it. Remember many spices offer more than just flavor: they can boost the overall health benefits of the food as well.

2. Know Your Cooking Techniques. It is also important you understand the cooking techniques you are using. Are you steaming foods? Stir-frying? Deep frying? Each cooking method will alter the nutrition of the dish you are preparing, so be sure to choose accordingly.

If you are trying to cut back on fat, steaming is likely your best bet, while if you are looking to have more healthy fats in your diet, stir-frying might be wise.

3. Think Lean And Green. As you build your menu, think “lean and green.” Focus each meal around a lean protein and combine with salad greens or other vegetables. Then add healthy fats and carbohydrates as needed.

4. Watch The Add-Ons. Also, make sure you watch the add-ons. Are you drizzling on extra sauce? Are you adding condiments that pack on calories? Be highly aware of these because they can turn your meal from great to not so diet-friendly in a hurry.

Avoid add-ons as much as you can unless you know they are very healthy.

If you keep these four tips in mind, you should feel confident you are eating well. Some experimentation may be needed to find the best pattern for you.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Type 2 Diabetes – Good News for Preventing Diabetes in Obese Adolescents

According to a September 2016 report in the journal Cell Physiology, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can be predicted by the amount and type of fats in an adolescent’s blood. Scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, United States, measured blood fats or lipids in 149 children 10 to 14 years of age. They recorded known risk factors such as…

family history,
weight-to-height ratio,
blood pressure and pigmentation called acanthosis nigricans on the neck or underarms.

The participants were placed into two groups depending upon their known risk factors…

low-risk children had fewer than three risk factors.
high-risk individuals had more than three risk factors.

Sixty percent of the children were at a high danger of developing Type 2 diabetes based on the known risk factors. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides were abnormal in the high-risk group. The researchers concluded it would be possible to intervene and prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes based upon blood fat levels.

Fasting blood sugar levels is another way to predict the possibility of developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes and stopping it in its tracks according to a report published in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes in August 2016. Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, compared…

1620 obese children, and
8046 healthy individuals.

By the time they were at least 18 years of age…

the obese participants were more than 24 times likely to have Type 2 diabetes than the healthy group.
those with fasting blood sugar levels above normal were 3.73 times more likely to develop the condition.

Type 2 diabetes used to be confined to adults, but for several decades it has often been seen in children. The single biggest cause of this condition appearing in children is obesity. Signs and symptoms include…

weight gain especially around the central area, creating an “apple-shaped” figure where much fat accumulates around the abdominal area,
unusual hunger or thirst,
a dry mouth,
increased urinating and drinking,
blurred vision,
shortness of breath,
slowed healing of cuts,
a black velvet-like skin on the neck or underarms, and
numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.

Weight control and increased activity are usually the first things doctors recommend for children, just as they are for adults. Failing that Type 2 diabetes in children under 18 years of age is treated with either injectable insulin or oral metformin. Other drugs are being developed and tested. Children should have an HbA1c measured every three months to check their blood sugar control.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.