Health Tip: If You Were Diabetic While Pregnant

-- Many women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy will go on to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

If you've had gestational diabetes, certain lifestyle changes may help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association offers these suggestions:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Being more than 20 percent over your ideal body weight can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Losing even a few pounds can help reduce your risk.
  • Maintain a low-fat diet and keep portions small.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Maintain a regular exercise program, which can help your body burn more glucose without the need for extra insulin.

Posted: December 2008


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