I have a very strong family history of type 2 diabetes. Not only do I have a long list of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, my Mom was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, then type 2 diabetes, and shortly after came the heart disease and breast cancer.
I always thought of myself as a healthy and fit person. So when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy, Women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes are considered prediabetic. I was quite shocked. Women who are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes are 7 times more likely to become type 2 diabetics within 5 to 10 years.
With gestational diabetes your blood sugar is elevated during pregnancy and afterwards it usually goes back to normal. However it is a sign that you may have insulin resistance. I was a Registered Nurse at the time, so I immediately used my knowledge and researched everything I could possibly do to help cure myself. I cut out processed foods completely, I reduced my carbohydrate intake, cut out sugar and exercised daily. My pregnancy went very well, my blood sugars were under control and after 23 years, my blood sugars have been stable!
Risk factors of diabetes are:
- Age > 45 years
- Overweight or obese or a waist circumference in men > 40 inches or women > 35 inches
- family history of diabetes
- history of gestational diabetes
- physical inactivity
- hypertension BP > 140/90
- Low HDL < 35
- High Triglyceride > 250
Reversing prediabetes is not an easy quick-fix it is taking on a new lifestyle. It takes commitment, courage and confidence to change your lifestyle and diet. By reversing your prediabetes you decrease your chance of heart disease, stroke, cancer, amputations, blindness and nerve damage. I believe the benefits are worth it! I want to live a long happy healthy life and enjoy the company of my family and friends for as long as I can with the best quality of life possible.