Type 2 Diabetes: Decreasing Your Risk After A Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes.

While gestational diabetes is a diagnosis unique to pregnant woman; type 2 diabetesis a familiar plight for millions of Americans. However, important new research indicates that the link between these two types of diabetes may be closer than originally believed.

pregnant-woman-8726206A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that:

“5 to 10 percent of women with gestational diabetes develop type 2 diabetes immediately after pregnancy, and that women with a history of gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within the next two decades”.

If you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes during your pregnancy there arecertain adjustments you can make now to lower your risk of contracting Type 2 Diabetes in the future.

Evaluate your risk: Contact your family practitioner to arrange a consultation. They will evaluate your personal and family history to determine how high your risk is for developing type 2 diabetes.

Evaluate your lifestyle: Smoking, a high-fat diet and obesity all put you at a greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Even though weight loss, quitting smoking and changing your diet may be difficult in the short-term, the long-term benefits are well worth the sacrifices.

Evaluate your commitment to health: The easiest way to make a significant lifestyle change is by correcting one thing at a time. It’s overwhelming to consider changes in diet, exercise, sleep patterns and smoking at all once. Remember that everything you do, from eating more fiber to walking an extra 1/2 mile a day, will benefit your health. Over time the small changes add up to a complete transformation in your lifestyle and, even better, your health.

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