Gestational Diabetes Foods Avoid

This guide provides basic information to help you start lowering your blood glucose until your appointment with a registered dietitian, the nutrition expert. These are general guidelines which may be tailored to meet your needs. Food is an important tool that you can use to control your blood sugar during pregnancy. Eating healthfully often means making changes in your current eating habits. A registered dietitian can provide in-depth personalized nutrition education to help you develop a personal action plan.

Diabetes and the foods you eat
When you eat or drink, much of your food is broken down into a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose (sugar) provides the energy your body needs for daily activities. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose for energy. Without enough insulin, sugar cannot get into the body's cells for use as energy. This causes blood glucose to rise. Too much sugar in the blood is called "high blood glucose" or diabetes.

Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels discovered during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is the result of hormonal changes that occur in all women during pregnancy. Increased levels of certain hormones made in the placenta (the organ that connects the baby by the umbilical cord to the uterus and transfers nutrients from the mother to the baby) interfere with the ability of insulin to manage glucose. This condition is called "insulin resistance." As the placenta grows larger during pregnancy, it produces more hormones and increases this insulin resistance. Usually the mother's pancreas is able to produce more insulin (about three times the normal amount) to overcome the insulin resistance. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to overcome the effect of the increased hormones during pregnancy, glucose levels will rise, resulting in gestational diabetes.

High blood glucose levels that are not treated during pregnancy can cause problems for you and your baby. Gestational diabetes does not cause your baby to have diabetes. However, if left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause your baby to produce too much insulin and gain too much weight, increasing the risk of premature delivery.

Usually, blood glucose levels return to normal after childbirth. However, women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Diabetes and carbohydrates
Carbohydrates (foods high in starch and sugar) have the greatest impact on blood glucose levels, since they are broken down into glucose during digestion. It is important to control the amount of carbohydrate by eating the same amount of carbohydrate along with some protein and fat at each meal.

Goals for healthy eating

  • Eat three small meals and two or three snacks at regular times every day. Do not skip meals or snacks.
  • Eat less carbohydrate at breakfast than at other meals because this is when insulin resistance is the greatest.
  • Little, Brown and Company The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein's Low-Carbohydrate Solution
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    2007-12-30 10:02:17 by anyideas_helpful

    Starting new - diabetes

    So I have accomplished my goal of being completely off all soda pop by new year's, YEAH!! I know I am allergic to aspartame, it flares up my fibromyalgia symptoms but having drank diet soda since high school it has been really hard to break the habit.
    Now for new goals, I signed up for eDiets Diabetes plan. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping (never do on a Saturday!!) and then came home and completely cleaned out the fridge washed from top to bottom. I know should have done that first, oh well, all the healthy groceries gave me motivation to clean. Now my fridge looks so pretty I wanted to take a picture LOL but my camera is broken atm

    2013-02-04 04:12:27 by spunkyrose1938

    Good diet for weight loss.

    The reason you are hungry all the time is because the severe diet you have created for yourself.
    When I am in weight losing mode,which is pretty much all the time. I am never hungry. I am pretty active but 74 years old, so I gear my diet to that. I am also diabetic but very healthy
    otherwise. For breakfast I have a combination of nuts and dried fruit. I use pecans,
    walnuts, almonds, which I toast, prunes, apricots which I cut up, and dried cranberries. I have
    1/2 cup of this mixture. The nuts are high in protein, the fruit provides a little seetness, vitamins and minerals

    Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  —
    Consuming whole fruits at least three times a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new long-term study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

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