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July 2014

Diabetes Health: Crossword Puzzle Solution for #13

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comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 28, 2014

Diabetes Health: Terms Used to Describe People With Diabetes for Crossword Puzzle #13

Test your knowledge to see how well you know terms used to describe people with diabetes

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 27, 2014

June 2014

Health Awareness vs Weight Conscious

There's a lot of focus on weight loss as of late; not only in the diabetic community, but in the world in general. New ads for gyms and products claiming fast weight loss come out daily, women feel pressured to lose pregnancy weight within minutes from birthing their children, thin models are being airbrushed until they are nearly unrecognizable and diets are being undertaken without people understanding how/why/if it's really going to be effective. Some of my own friends are chronically doing near-starvation diets to shed weight. People seem to be focused on getting the fat off, but unless long term habits are improved, it's not going to stay off. It's great to fight the obesity epidemic, but we can't allow ourselves to go to the other extreme. Carrying excess weight isn't a good thing, but I think we're losing focus on the importance of health versus aesthetics.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2014

May 2014

Solution to Crossword Puzzle #2

Solution to diabeteshealth.com-crossword puzzle #2

comments 0 comments - Posted May 12, 2014

April 2014

Postpartum Weight Gain Boosts Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Moms who fail to lose the pounds they gain during pregnancy - or those who gain a few extra pounds in the year that follows birth - may boost the risk of developing both type 2 diabetes and heart disease later on, according to the results of a new study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 29, 2014

February 2014

Bariatric Surgery Shows Significant Effect on Obese Type 1s

Here's a development to keep your eye on: Bariatric surgery performed on a small group of morbidly obese type 1s led to considerable weight loss, improved glycemic control, and improved metabolic profiles up to three years later.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 25, 2014

Weekly Potpourri

Blame The Media

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 23, 2014

January 2014

Universal Screening Urged at 24 Weeks for Gestational Diabetes

A panel of medical experts has recommended that all women be tested for gestational diabetes at 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 19, 2014

December 2013

Organ Trafficking or Life Saver?

I recently saw a program on HBO featuring a Turkish and an Israeli physician who discussed their role in selling kidneys on the organ trafficking market. The Turk, a surgeon, saw himself as a skilled physician who is able to extend patients' lives. The Israeli, a nephrologist, saw himself as a hero. Both work in an shady industry where some people's demands and pocketbooks operate at levels far beyond our society's comfort zone: Many people consider organ trafficking to be a nefarious thing.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 4, 2013

November 2013

Embrace It. Challenge It.

I haven't always been forthright and expressive about diabetes. There were a solid 10 years of my disease which I kept under wraps, hidden from everyone I knew. I was afraid of everything-to push myself harder than I had ever before, to allow people into my dark corner of the world, to allow myself to believe I could become anything that I wanted to be. I let my fears hinder my development and stayed sedentary during major points in my life.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 8, 2013

October 2013

Unplugged

At some point in all of our diabetic lives, we've felt the sinking in our gut at the mere thought of a doctor's appointment and we've made plans to leave the glucose journals at home. I'm at that point now. In less than two weeks, I will be seeing my endocrinologist. I have to be honest: I'm not looking forward to the visit.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 16, 2013

A New Dawn for Inhalable Insulin?

Few treatments for type 1 diabetes have been as elusive and long-promised as inhalable insulin. The concept has always sounded remarkable: Instead of jabbing themselves with needles, type 1s (and insulin-using type 2s) could take a quick puff on an inhaler to get a dose of insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 12, 2013

Algorithm Could Identify Hidden Type 2 Cases

A simple algorithm used to scan electronic health records could be a breakthrough in identifying cases of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. And that could lead to timely treatment and prevention of diabetes complications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 11, 2013

Becoming Mom

Ever since I was a girl, I wanted to be a mother. I understood that I wasn't ready emotionally or physically, but at a young age I simply had the feeling that being a mother was what I was meant to do with my life. I was smart, attractive, motivated, driven, and could be anything that I wanted to be. And I wanted to be a mom.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 4, 2013

September 2013

Metformin Better Than Insulin for Gestational Diabetes?

Insulin may not be the best first line of defense for women who develop gestational diabetes, according to the results of a new study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2013

January 2013

The Hidden Gift of a Diabetes Diagnosis

Michelle Gaylord has lived more than 30 years with type 2 diabetes, but the diagnosis is one that she now sees a bit like a gift.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 22, 2013

November 2012

Penny Hildreth: Finally Facing Diabetes

It was more than two decades ago, and Penny Hildreth was already feeling overwhelmed by life when she learned that she had type 1 diabetes. She was pregnant with her second child and worried about the baby’s safety after a car accident that had left Hildreth with a broken collarbone, a broken rib, and a punctured spleen. It was the spleen injury that ultimately led to her diagnosis of diabetes, but she was more concerned about the baby, a little girl who was born healthy despite the automobile accident. “I always say that she’s my miracle,” says the 46-year-old Portland resident.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 6, 2012

October 2012

Under Physical Stress, Insulin-Producing Cells Regress

Scientists generally think that decreased insulin production by the pancreas, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, is due to the death of the organ's beta cells. However, scientists at Columbia University Medical Center report that the beta cells do not die, but instead revert to a more basic cell type.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 16, 2012

August 2012

Social Media, Partnerships Are Top Topics at AADE12

As diabetes climbs to epidemic levels in the United States, and finding adequate resources to fund future U.S. healthcare remains in question, the need for an already existing "boots on the ground" group that can address the disease is greater than ever.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 15, 2012

July 2012

Type 2: Swedes Say a Small Drop in A1C Reduces Risk of Cardiac Death

Swedish researchers report that a drop in A1C of less than one percentage point can lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease among people with diabetes by nearly half. Specifically, they found that patients who reduced their A1C from 7.8% to 7.0% decreased their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 45 percent.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 29, 2012

June 2012

I Hear You, But I'm Not You

I've had type 1 diabetes for nearly 14 years. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, battled diabulimia, survived numerous insulin shock comas and ketoacidosis episodes, and struggled with acceptance: I have my scars. Despite these mistakes, I've picked myself up countless times and have prevailed. I've persevered with a disease that doesn't take vacations for even a minute, and I've come out on top. I'm alive and healthy, with a full life and a child of my own.

comments 7 comments - Posted Jun 21, 2012

Another Day, Another Battle

Last year, I gave birth to my daughter and shared my pregnancy and birthing experiences with you. The pregnancy was a very difficult but extremely rewarding experience. A few months after our daughter was born, my husband and I discussed whether we'd have another child. On one hand, I went through several insulin shock comas, severe insulin resistance, and pre-eclampsia, ending in an emergency cesarean section. Because my first pregnancy was so tough, we weren't sure if we wanted to risk another one. On the other hand, if we did have two children, we wanted them to be very close in age so that they could bond well. We figured that if the two children were around fifteen months apart, then my daughter would be too young to feel any tension about having another baby in the house. We hoped they'd be close enough in age that they would always have one another as a companion.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jun 18, 2012

May 2012

Women and Diabetes:  Adjusting Your Management Plan to Match Hormonal Changes

I've had type 1 diabetes for six years, and it never fails that during the dreaded "time of the month," I become increasingly insulin-resistant. Just looking at a carbohydrate makes my sugar skyrocket. I'm exhausted, and my mood goes from my usual positive to cranky and sensitive.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 27, 2012

Making a Healthy Choice for Breakfast

For people with diabetes, breakfast is more than just a morning meal. According to recent research, it may hold the key to good blood glucose numbers for the rest of the day.

comments 2 comments - Posted May 11, 2012

April 2012

All in the Family

My oldest nephew, James, has a double whammy to deal with.  His aunt, yours truly, has type 1 diabetes, and so does his father. I was in the room when my sister had an ultrasound during her pregnancy with James, and I clearly remember the doctor asking her if anyone in her family had diabetes.  We shared a look as she informed the doctor of my diabetes and her husband's diabetes.  I know we also shared a silent prayer as the reality hit us that diabetes might be passed on to her children.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2012

Pregnancy, Parenting, Writing, and Diabetes: An Interview With Cheryl Alkon

The challenges of pregnancy are daunting on their own, but when you're diabetic, they can seem insurmountable. That's one of the reasons Cheryl Alkon wrote a book on the subject. Having type 1 diabetes herself, Alkon knew firsthand the challenges of controlling her disease during pregnancy, and of raising the kids who followed.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 13, 2012

FDA Says Levemir OK for Pregnant Women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that Levemir is safe for use by pregnant women and does not increase the risk of harm to children in the womb.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 4, 2012

February 2012

Hear Me, Doctor

During my 14 years with type 1 diabetes and my time spent interacting with the diabetes online community, I constantly hear the same theme: Doctors aren't listening to their patients, and their bedside manners are deteriorating. Every day, it seems, I hear about people who have been treated as if they are simply a number or dismissed as uneducated in their own health conditions.

comments 4 comments - Posted Feb 26, 2012

Women and Diabetes: A New Book with Fresh Insight

As a woman with diabetes, you may have noticed that you face unique challenges, from where to place your insulin pump, to pregnancy, to hormone fluctuations.   Many diabetes books offer general diabetes advice, but few focus on women beyond just a short chapter.  That is, until now.   

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 20, 2012

Routine Tests Can Identify Risk of Gestational Diabetes Years Before Pregnancy

Up to seven years before she becomes pregnant, a woman's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy can be identified based on routinely assessed measures of blood sugar and body weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the online issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

comments 2 comments - Posted Feb 19, 2012

Keeping Up With Baby

My son learned to crawl last month. As a part-time stay-at-home dad, I found it both exciting and terrifying. Through crawling, my son has entered a new stage in life. He might have rolled or scooted a few feet before, but now he can see something in another room and make up his mind to go there.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 10, 2012

January 2012

MTV’s True Life: I Have Diabetes

With the recent news of Paula Deen's battle with type 2 diabetes, diabetes has been getting some negative coverage in the media. I've even heard comments like " No wonder Paula Deen has diabetes when she eats so much sugar and butter." This is frustrating because it perpetuates the false stereotype that all people with diabetes are the same.

comments 6 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2012

Recovery

My baby girl had just been born. I was in the postoperation room after going through a cesarean section. My husband went to get my parents, who had been waiting for twelve hours in the waiting room. A nurse laid my little girl in an incubator next to my bed and checked her blood sugar, which was normal, in the mid-40 range. Fifteen minutes later the nurse checked her again, and it registered in the mid-30s. I watched as the nurse fed my baby her first ounces of food. I was still too numb to even know that I had legs, much less to be able to wiggle my toes.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jan 6, 2012

Pain and Joy

As I explained in my previous articles, I was pre-eclamptic and was admitted to the hospital at 37 weeks. I had a migraine that lasted for ten hours after I entered the emergency room. I had experienced migraines before and knew that Tylenol wouldn't ease the pain, so I went untreated even in the hospital. About twelve hours after admission, I was brought to the women's floor, where I waited for my already injected Levemir supply to diminish in my bloodstream.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jan 2, 2012

December 2011

Birthing Options

Throughout pregnancy and all the way up until labor, I was adamant that I was not having a cesarean section. I was terrified of being cut open because I know that my healing time is longer due to my lowered immune system. In 2009, I had to go to the emergency room for an infection caused by cutting my leg while shaving, so how could I possibly heal after being opened up to birth a baby?

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 30, 2011

Support on the Diabetes Journey

Diagnosed with diabetes at age 15, Brandy Barnes went on to a successful career as a pharmaceuticals salesperson, but she deeply missed having other diabetic women in her life to whom she could relate. Finally, after a difficult pregnancy, long thought, and prayer, she founded DiabetesSisters (www.diabetes.sisters.org), a North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that provides education and support to women of all ages with all types of diabetes. DS offers conferences, websites, blogs, and a "sister match" program, all designed to lessen feelings of isolation and deepen bonds of connection among women with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 28, 2011

Complications in the Third Trimester

Editor' Note: This article continues Katherine Marple's series on pregnancy with diabetes as a complicating factor. For previous articles, enter her name in the search feature at the top right-hand of this website. The next installment, "Birthing Options," will appear on December 30.

comments 1 comment - Posted Dec 27, 2011

November 2011

Three Questions That Can Predict a Type 2 Diagnosis

Want a simple way to find out if you or someone you know is likely to develop type 2 diabetes? Just answer these three simple questions!

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 13, 2011

Baby, Diabetes, and Me

I thought I had seen it all as a person with diabetes. Going to college, marriage, moves, career changes, you name it. I had soldiered on through them all, my control shifting from tight to loose to somewhere in the middle as the situation changed. I had adapted pretty well, I told myself.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 12, 2011

The Final Weeks of Pregnancy- Pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes

Final weeks of pregnancy! The third trimester brings about many more ultrasound scans and measurements taken to judge the growth and health of your child. You'll likely be visiting your OB/GYN or maternal fetal medicine office twice per week for non-stress tests to ensure that your baby is healthy and active.

comments 4 comments - Posted Nov 9, 2011

Preconception Counseling and Birth Control Options

Being your own advocate is imperative for women with diabetes, especially when it comes to gynecologic care. As soon as a young woman is ready to become sexually active, she needs to talk with her doctor about contraceptive options. This conversation should continue through the time when she is ready to stop taking contraceptives and prepare for a family.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 5, 2011

Halfway Through Pregnancy: So Many Doctors- Pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes

By now you're halfway through pregnancy.  You've managed to get through the stresses of insulin shock in the first trimester and insulin resistance beginning in the second trimester, and you're well on your way toward your third trimester.  Congratulations!  A moment of applause, please.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 2, 2011

October 2011

The Second Trimester- Pregnant with Type 1 Diabetes

Welcome to the second trimester!  By now, many type 1s are experiencing fewer hypoglycemic episodes, and insulin resistance is just beginning to rear its head.  You're on the other side of the miscarriage worry hump and getting settled into the pregnancy routine.  Congratulations!  Take a few minutes each day to celebrate your successes and pat your stomach with a smile, knowing you are doing the best you can to give your growing child everything she needs.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 26, 2011

Preconception Counseling and Birth Control Options

Being your own advocate is imperative for women with diabetes, especially when it comes to gynecologic care. As soon as a young woman is ready to become sexually active, she needs to talk with her doctor about contraceptive options. This conversation should continue through the time when she is ready to stop taking contraceptives and prepare for a family.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 18, 2011

September 2011

Protecting Yourself Against Insulin Shock in the First Trimester of Pregnancy With Diabetes

A couple of factors lead to increased risk of insulin shock comas during the first trimester.  For many, insulin sensitivity increases and the pancreas isn't yet producing the hormones associated with insulin resistance.  In addition, many type 1s will be taken off of their current basal insulin if it is not yet approved for use during pregnancy.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 27, 2011

February 2011

“Artificial Pancreas” Helps Pregnant Mothers With Diabetes

It's hard enough to be pregnant, but pregnancy with diabetes is especially challenging because it's so difficult to keep blood sugar within a normal range at a time when hormones are surging. All women try their best with the tools that they have, but even so, about half of all babies born to mothers with type 1 diabetes are overweight or obese at birth because of too much sugar in their mothers' blood. Mothers with high blood glucose levels also increase their child's risk of congenital malformation, stillbirth, neonatal death, preterm delivery, and neonatal admission.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 9, 2011

December 2010

Special Infant Formula May Protect Babies from Type 1 Diabetes

If you have a new infant in your family and a family history of type 1 diabetes, feeding your baby a special formula when weaning off breastfeeding may protect against the development of the antibodies associated with type 1 diabetes, thus potentially shielding your child from developing the disease itself. This is the finding of a new study, conducted by Finnish researchers, that was published in the November 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 4, 2010

November 2010

Diabetes and Pregnancy: The Battle to Have a Baby

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, I remember being told that having children would be a very difficult challenge.  I was seven years old at the time - still a child myself - and had no interest in becoming a mom.  My own mother was very distressed at this news, but I didn't pay it any mind.  I had other things to focus on:  trees to climb, bikes to ride, and friends to play with.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 18, 2010

August 2010

Gestational Diabetes

Women who deal with gestational diabetes in their first or second pregnancy are far more likely to develop the condition again in their third pregnancy, according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente that examined the electronic medical records of 65,132 women. The study was published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology last month.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 11, 2010

May 2010

Gestational Diabetes and Steps to Reduce Risks for Women and Their Children

Most women with gestational diabetes know that taking steps to manage the disease during pregnancy is critical for the health of both mother and child. What many women don't realize is that those steps need to continue even after the baby is born.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 7, 2010

April 2010

It’s All in the Genes: New Study Links Low Birth Weight and Type 2 Diabetes

The first concrete evidence of a genetic link between low birth weight and the potential for developing type 2 diabetes has been published in the April 6 issue of the journal Nature Genetics. Scientists previously believed that lower birth weight babies were more at risk, but the cause remained unclear.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2010

March 2010

Revised Criteria Could Triple Reported Cases of Gestational Diabetes

Suggested revisions in the benchmarks used to assess dangerously high blood sugar levels in pregnant women could lead to a doubling or tripling of the number of women diagnosed with gestational diabetes*. That's the conclusion of an international study led by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 24, 2010

December 2009

Evidence Deepens That Breastfeeding Helps Moms Avoid Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2

A 20-year study that tracked 704 women from before their first pregnancy onward suggests that the first year mothers breastfeed, they reduce their risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes within the next 15 years by 15 percent. Each subsequent year of breastfeeding further reduces the risk by 15 percent. For example, a mother who has two children and breastfeeds each for a year could enjoy a 30 percent reduction in her risk of type 2 over a 15-year period.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2009

October 2009

Metabolic Syndrome in Early Pregnancy Increases the Risk of Preterm Birth

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Oct 13 - Women with metabolic syndrome in early pregnancy have a higher risk for preterm birth, according to study findings reported in the October 1st issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 16, 2009

The Importance of Treating Even Mild Gestational Diabetes

Nature is wonderfully complex. During the second trimester of pregnancy, when the fetus is growing rapidly, hormones from the placenta begin to reduce the ability of the mother's insulin to bind with insulin receptors. Because the mother's insulin is consequently less able to shuttle glucose out of her bloodstream, the growing fetus is guaranteed a good supply of blood glucose. 

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 6, 2009

July 2009

Path to Good Health Includes Breastfeeding Your Baby, Avoiding Pesticides, and Eating a Mediterranean Diet

The Organic Center (TOC), a leading research institute focused on the science of organic food and farming, announced that a balanced, organic diet-both before and during pregnancy-can significantly reduce a child's likelihood of becoming overweight or obese or developing diabetes.  

comments 1 comment - Posted Jul 17, 2009

Pregnant Women Who Snore Are More Likely to Develop Diabetes

Women who frequently snore-at least three nights a week-run a substantially higher risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy than non-snorers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 9, 2009

April 2009

Diabetes and Adoption

There is an old schoolyard chant that starts out with an image of two people "sitting in a tree" and "K-I-S-S-I-N-G." This is followed by, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage." The natural progression of life is to find one's "soul mate," tie the knot, and then have children.  

comments 37 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2009

Study Shows Link Between Gum Disease and Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who have gum disease run a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes than pregnant women who have healthy gums, says a study from the New York University College of Dentistry.

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2009

Low Birth Weight Could Increase Adult Risk of Diabetes

A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism of The Endocrine Society says that low birth weight could be associated with a higher incidence of inflammation in adulthood, setting the stage for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 15, 2009

February 2009

Sulfonylureas, If Used Quickly, Appear to Reverse Neonatal Diabetes

A report in the February 4, 2009, issue of Cell Metabolism says that babies born with neonatal diabetes might be able to avoid irreversible damage to the pancreas if doctors treat them quickly with sulfonylureas rather than insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 25, 2009

January 2009

What Is Diabetes?

You've been diagnosed with diabetes because there is too much glucose (a kind of sugar) in your blood. 

comments 7 comments - Posted Jan 16, 2009

November 2008

Thinking of Kids? Here’s Some Tips for Handling Pregnancy & Diabetes
Thinking of Kids? Here’s Some Tips for Handling Pregnancy & Diabetes

Becoming pregnant for the first time can be overwhelming for any woman, especially if that woman has diabetes. When my husband and I decided we were ready to have children, the first thing I did was make an appointment with my endocrinologist. Diagnosed when I was fourteen, I've had type 1 diabetes for twenty-four years. My doctor explained that I would need to be in tight control for three months before I could even think about babies, so I got right to work. Learning everything I could about diabetes and pregnancy, I was pleased to discover that with education, support, and practice, a woman with diabetes has every opportunity for a healthy pregnancy.

comments 7 comments - Posted Nov 17, 2008

August 2008

Are Caesarean Babies More Likely to Develop Diabetes?
Are Caesarean Babies More Likely to Develop Diabetes?

Babies delivered by Caesarean section have a 20 percent higher risk than normal deliveries of developing type 1 diabetes in childhood, according to a study by a team of researchers from  Queen's University Belfast

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 28, 2008

June 2008

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comments 3 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2008

February 2008

Moms' Type 1 or Pregnancy-Related Diabetes Increases Offsprings' Prospects for Type 2

A study at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark says there is a link between type 1 or pregnancy-related diabetes in mothers and the later onset of type 2 diabetes in their children.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 26, 2008

December 2007

In Gestational Diabetes, Menin Might Be the Guilty Party

When a woman is pregnant, she needs to produce more insulin than usual because her body is feeding more cells than normal. A hormone, prolactin, which is abundant during pregnancy, causes more pancreatic islet cells to grow in order to produce the extra insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 30, 2007

October 2007

Risk of an Obese Child Rises With Mother's Glucose Levels During Pregnancy

The higher your blood glucose is during pregnancy, the greater your child's chances of growing up to be obese, according to a recent study published in Diabetes Care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 15, 2007

September 2007

Eating For Two: A Personal Story of Pregnancy and Diabetes

When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last year, my doctors and I were rather shocked. I was only 27 years old at the time, slender and in good shape. Diabetes does run in my mother's side of the family, so I wasn't completely taken aback.

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 28, 2007

July 2007

Prevent Birth Defects: Don't Get Pregnant Until Your Sugar Is Controlled

Two-thirds of pregnancies in women with diabetes are unplanned. How long after conception do those women realize they're pregnant? They may be eight weeks into their pregnancy before they know it's happened.

comments 6 comments - Posted Jul 14, 2007

Gestational Diabetes Definition Soon to Change

How elevated does your blood sugar have to be before you're diagnosed with gestational diabetes? Not near as elevated as we used to think, according to the findings of the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome (HAPO) Study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2007

June 2007

Gestational Diabetes Often Leads to Type 2 Diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects about 5% of all women in late pregnancy. About a third of those women will go on to develop type 2 diabetes within five years, says a recent study in the Post-Graduate Medical Journal, and it'll most likely be the women who had the highest A1c's during their gestational diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 27, 2007

Permanent Neonatal Diabetes: One Gene Makes All The Difference

Imagine your delighted shock if, after living with type 1 diabetes since infancy, you suddenly learned that you weren't type 1 after all. If you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes within the first six months of life, especially if your birth weight was low, there's a chance that instead you have permanent neonatal diabetes mellitus (PNDM).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 15, 2007

April 2007

High Sugar Levels Can Cause Birth Defects: Joslin Study Tells How
High Sugar Levels Can Cause Birth Defects: Joslin Study Tells How

Women with diabetes are up to five times more likely than the general population to have a baby with birth defects, especially of the heart and spinal cord, organs that form within the first few weeks of pregnancy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2007

NovoLog Approved for Pregnant Type 1's

On January 30, 2007, the FDA upgraded NovoLog (a fast-acting insulin analog from Novo Nordisk) from Category C to Category B, thereby indicating that NovoLog is safe and effective for pregnant women with type 1 and their unborn children.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2007

March 2007

Joslin Researchers Discover a Surprising Culprit in the Search for Causes of Diabetic Birth Defects: Protein Makes It Possible for High Blood Glucose to Enter Embryonic Cells
Joslin Researchers Discover a Surprising Culprit in the Search for Causes of Diabetic Birth Defects: Protein Makes It Possible for High Blood Glucose to Enter Embryonic Cells

Boston - March 5, 2007 - Over the past several years, Joslin Investigator Mary R. Loeken, Ph.D., and her colleagues at Joslin Diabetes Center have unlocked several mysteries behind what puts women with diabetes more at risk of having a child with birth defects.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 21, 2007

February 2007

Breastfeeding May Lower Type 2 Risk Later in Life
Breastfeeding May Lower Type 2 Risk Later in Life

UK researchers says that breastfeeding in infancy is associated with “a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, with marginally lower insulin concentrations in later life, and with lower blood glucose and serum insulin concentrations in infancy.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

December 2006

Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity
Breastfed Babies Better Off in Avoiding Obesity

Regardless of maternal diabetes or weight status, Harvard researchers say that breastfeeding is “inversely associated” with childhood obesity. The researchers urge all mothers to breastfeed their infants to reduce the risk for childhood obesity.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2006

September 2006

Pregnant Diabetics Should Avoid ACE Inhibitors During First Trimester
Pregnant Diabetics Should Avoid ACE Inhibitors During First Trimester

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors have always been a popular therapy for diabetics trying to keep their blood pressure in line. However, researchers now say that if you are pregnant and suffer from high blood pressure, you should stay away from ACE inhibitors during the first trimester.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

August 2006

Few Pediatricians Support Screening for Type 1
Few Pediatricians Support Screening for Type 1

Iowa researchers examined the effect of state policy and perceived state policy on pediatricians’ attitudes toward newborn screening for type 1 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

July 2006

Type 1 Moms Just as Capable of Breastfeeding as Healthy Moms
Type 1 Moms Just as Capable of Breastfeeding as Healthy Moms

At intervals of five days after giving birth and then four months after giving birth, Danish researchers interviewed 102 women with type 1 about breastfeeding. The type 1 women’s breastfeeding habits were then compared to a large random sample from the general population of Danish women.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

Pregnancy and the Lower-Carb Lifestyle
Pregnancy and the Lower-Carb Lifestyle

Years ago it was common for women to indulge their food cravings during pregnancy, and usually without ill effect. Now it is vital that women of childbearing age understand the importance of good nutrition before pregnancy and how to decrease their risk of diabetes during pregnancy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

April 2006

10 Tests a Day Recommended for Pregnant Patients With Diabetes

Dutch researchers say that treatment of diabetes in pregnant women should be aimed at achieving A1C levels within the range of 6% or less. They add that “a minimum of 10 self-monitored blood glucose determinations daily is necessary to obtain adequate information of all daily glucose fluctuations.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Report Urges Diabetes Professionals to Advise Breastfeeding for Diabetic Moms

A recent report in The Practicing Midwife suggests that women with diabetes should be “encouraged and supported to breastfeed their babies from birth by giving them an understanding of the general and specific benefits this will provide.”

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My Experience With Type 1, Pregnancy and Delivery
My Experience With Type 1, Pregnancy and Delivery

On January 7, 2006, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ava Grace Baker. She was 8.4 pounds and 20.25 inches long. It took 30 hours, but it was worth every moment. Well, almost every moment.

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March 2006

Nicotine Exposure May Predispose Children to Type 2 Later in Life

Fetal and neonatal exposure to nicotine may increase a child’s risk of becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

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Site Rotation Suggestions to Consider During Pregnancy
Site Rotation Suggestions to Consider During Pregnancy

Are you an expectant mother with diabetes? If so, are you wondering about the disappearance of infusion sites as your baby grows and your abdomen expands? Do you anticipate that “pinching an inch” will become more of a challenge? Are you concerned about the angle and depth of insertion, and how often you should rotate insertion sites? Here are a few suggestions for you:

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January 2006

Breastfeeding Called a Protector Against Getting Type 1
Breastfeeding Called a Protector Against Getting Type 1

Czech researchers say that not breastfeeding a child may increase its chances of developing type 1 diabetes.

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October 2005

Baby on Board
Baby on Board

I have some exciting news: As of January 2006, there will be another human being in our household.

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February 2005

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

Not even 20 years ago, it was uncommon for a woman with diabetes to choose to have children of her own. Many doctors discouraged attempting pregnancy based on the high incidence of complications that both a mother and an infant could suffer due to poor blood glucose control.

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March 2004

Infections During Pregnancy May Provide Type 1 Risk Protection in Daughters

Common maternal infections during pregnancy and in the postnatal period may predict a significantly lower risk of islet autoimmunity in young female offspring genetically disposed for type 1, according to a study at Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

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July 2003

Stop Right Where You Are!

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

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Stop Right Where You Are! Finns Testing Kids at Birth for Diabetes.

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

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March 2003

Uncontrolled Diabetes Leads to More Birth Defects

Better get your blood glucose under control before you even think about getting pregnant.

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December 2002

Shedding Light on Recurrent Miscarriages

Women who have repeated miscarriages are likely to be insulin-resistant, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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Shedding Light on Recurrent Miscarriages: Insulin Resistance a Possible Culprit for Some

Women who have repeated miscarriages are likely to be insulin-resistant, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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November 2002

Having Bigger Babies One Way to Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

Iceland, which has a higher percentage of overweight people than its neighboring countries, also has a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes—often associated with obesity. Why the seeming contradiction? One reason might be that Iceland also has a higher percentage of bigger babies.

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October 2002

Is Enterovirus in Pregnancy a Risk Factor for Type 1 Diabetes?

Does contracting an enterovirus infection early in pregnancy lead to a higher risk of your child having type 1 diabetes? Not necessarily, say researchers in Finland, which has the world's highest incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to statistics from the World Health Organization.

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Is Enterovirus in Pregnancy a Risk Factor for Type 1 Diabetes?-Not Necessarily, Say Researchers

Does contracting an enterovirus infection early in pregnancy lead to a higher risk of your child having type 1 diabetes? Not necessarily, say research-ers in Finland, which has the world's highest incidence of type 1 diabetes, according to statistics from the World Health Organization.

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September 2002

Lantus Reduces Nighttime Lows in Pregnant Woman With Type 1 Diabetes

A 37-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes who was pregnant with her second child was able to eliminate frequent severe hypoglycemic episodes after being switched from NPH insulin to Lantus (insulin glargine), report two doctors and a nurse practitioner in a letter to Diabetes Care.

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May 2002

Diabetes And Breastfeeding

"Breastfeeding is the optimal way of providing ideal food for the health, growth, and development of human infants while simultaneously benefiting the lactating mother."

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February 2002

A Concern For Pregnant Women With Type 1 Diabetes

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes who have microalbuminuria, or increased levels of protein in the urine, are much more likely to deliver prematurely, according to a study from Denmark.

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January 2002

Watch Out

Women with retinopathy—a diabetes complication that can lead to blindness—should have their eyes checked regularly during pregnancy, say researchers in the United Kingdom.

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It's All in the Timing-Time of Day Affects After-Meal Glucose Measurements in Women With Gestational Diabetes

After-meal glucose levels can vary in women with gestational diabetes depending on when they take the measurements, say researchers in Israel.

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November 2001

Once Again, Breast Feeding Shown to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Breastfeeding for three months or more may help prevent diabetes in children, say researchers in Chile. Their study, one of many to reach the same conclusion, focused on how breastfeeding affected the levels of three types of islet-cell antoantibodies in children with type 1 diabetes. Researchers published their findings in the June issue of the Medical Magazine of Chile (Revista Medica de Chile).

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October 2001

Not Thinking Ahead

Only half of women with type 1 diabetes begin taking folic acid before they get pregnant, according to the results of a survey taken in England. The failure of a significant number of women with diabetes to take this critical supplement is due to "lack of awareness of its importance," say researchers. C.J. Wills, MRCP, of the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, UK, and colleagues reported their findings in the May issue of Practical Diabetes International.

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September 2001

Questions and Answers

I am in my 32nd week of pregnancy with my second child, and I wonder if I have developed gestational diabetes.

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August 2001

With Child? Humalog Provides Better Control of BGs

Pregnant women who use lispro (Humalog) have better blood-sugar control and few incidents of hypoglycemia during pregnancy, say researchers in both Germany and Colorado. In addition, German researchers say babies born to mothers who use Humalog have a better outcome and those in Colorado say the need for caesarian section is reduced in women who use Humalog.

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July 2001

Questions and Answers

I am in my 32nd week of pregnancy with my second child and I wonder if I have developed gestational diabetes.

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Questions & Answers

I am in my 32nd week of pregnancy with my second child and I wonder if I have developed gestational diabetes.  Diabetes does not run in our family, and I am not overweight. Furthermore, I did not develop gestational diabetes with my first child.

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May 2001

Taking Cod Liver Oil During Pregnancy Found to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes in Offspring - Giving it to Children During First Year of Life Not Helpful

Taking cod liver oil during pregnancy reduces risk of type 1 diabetes in offspring, researchers say.

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April 2001

A Virtue of Mother's Milk

Short-term breast feeding may increase a child's chance of getting diabetes, says a study conducted by researchers in Finland.

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March 2001

HbA1c Alert—Researcher Advises Avoiding Pregnancy Until It's Lower Than 7.5%

Diabetic women who are planning to become pregnant are advised to wait until their HbA1c is below 7.5%.

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October 2000

Studies Show No Major Association Between Breastfeeding and Diabetes

New parents who have type 1 diabetes can rest assured that breastfeeding does not increase their babies' chances of developing the disease.

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November 1999

How Low Can a Pregnant Woman Go?

I am 28 years old and I've had juvenile diabetes for 21 years. I want to try for a family. I'm concerned about my frequent dropping out with low blood sugars at any given time, for a hundred different reasons (hormone levels is one). My big question is, how low can your blood sugars go before it starts to harm a fetus? Or, is it a matter of how long you have a low blood sugar?

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October 1999

Breast-Feeding Lowers Risk of Type 1—Neonatal Illnesses are Risk Factors

Researchers found that newborns who develop illnesses are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes, while infants who are breast-fed are less likely to develop the disease.

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August 1999

Pregnant Women With Good Control Have Healthy Deliveries

Pregnant women with type 1 diabetes can have healthy deliveries if they maintain a good HbA1c during early pregnancy.

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May 1999

Can Type 1 Diabetes Be Detected at Birth?

Researchers in Sweden say that islet autoantibodies are already common at birth in children who develop type 1 diabetes later in life, and that screening for islet cell autoantibodies at birth could be a crucial step in identifying those at risk for developing type 1 diabetes.

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April 1999

Babies With Low Birth Weight More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes Later in Life

Researchers at the Channing Laboratory in Boston have discovered that babies who are born with a low birth weight are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as they get older.

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September 1998

Pregnancy and the Pump

Caroline was 29 when she first came to my office in October 1994 for evaluation of her type 1 diabetes. Just over 5 feet tall and weighing 122 pounds, she was a petite and vivacious woman, happily married with one child, and working part-time.

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February 1998

A Cause for Pregnant Pause

Some women with type 1 diabetes will need additional insulin during their pregnancy and a new blood test can reveal one reason why.

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September 1997

Breast Feeding Reduces Type 2 Diabetes

A recent NIDDK study of Pima Indians in Arizona showed that babies who were breast fed were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

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March 1997

Exercise Tips for Pregnancy

Exercise can increase contractions in pregnant women with diabetes leading to pre-term labor. But this does not mean that exercise has to stop altogether. Leona Dang-Kilduff, a pregnancy adviser at the Diabetes and Pregnancy Center at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, recommends that women who continue their exercise program into pregnancy maintain an acute awareness of their contractions.

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June 1996

Breast Is Best—Breast Feeding

I often hear women with diabetes say they can't breast feed, but the truth is many health care professionals feel women should-because of their diabetes. Breast feeding is thought to decrease the autoimmune process that attacks the pancreas and causes diabetes, and may reduce your child's chances of getting diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1996

May 1996

New MediSense Meter Accurate Enough for Pregnant Women

The Precision QID passed a recent test, proving itself accurate enough to be used by pregnant women.

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January 1996

Oral Hypoglycemic Drugs Less Harmful To Unborn Than Poor Glycemic Control, Study Shows

The November 1995 issue of Diabetes Care reported that women who take oral hypoglycemic drugs have a better chance of delivering a healthy baby than do women with poor glycemic control.

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September 1995

Myth: Breast Cancer More Fatal Than Diabetes - Diabetes Twice As Deadly

In 1994, Universal Press Syndicate published a report stating that diabetes is twice as deadly as breast cancer in women. Linda Geiss, a researcher in Atlanta, wanted to find out if this statistic was accurate.

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March 1995

Combining Pregnancy And Diabetes:

I am writing from my personal perspective about diabetes and pregnancy for two reasons: One, because I am a mother and a type I diabetic, and two, because I am a big believer in the virtues of a diabetes and pregnancy team. I don't think I could have had a successful pregnancy without it. I wanted the perfect baby, but, given my medical problems and diabetes, I knew I needed help.

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January 1995

New Test For Gestational Diabetes

A more dilute glucose solution was used by the University of Texas Health Science Center ant San Antonio to screen women for gestational diabetes, and the results seem promising for women who dread taking the test.

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November 1994

Breast Feeding May Decrease Insulin Requirements

Thirty seven insulin dependent pregnant women and ten women with gestational diabetes were studied by Peking Union Medical Hospital to determine if there was a connection between breast feeding and insulin needs.

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January 1994

Preconception Care For Women With Iddm

A study to determine the cost benefit of preconception (before pregnancy) care in addition to prenatal (during pregnancy, before birth) care for women with insulin dependent diabetes found that the cost of preconception care is more expensive at the outset ($17,519 per delivery, versus $13,843 per delivery).

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April 1993

Preconception Counseling

Results of a recent pilot program show that preconception counseling for women with diabetes reduces birth defects from 6.5% to 1.6% and fetal/newborn deaths from 21.1% to 6.4%. The pilot program, conducted by the Maine Department of Human Services, gave counseling to health care providers as well as women with diabetes who were planning a pregnancy. Continuing education courses instructed both groups in ways to avoid diabetes related problems in pregnancy.

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February 1993

17% of Women with Previous Gestational Diabetes Develop Diabetes Later On in Life

A study from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Rigshospitalet, Denmark, has concluded that women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus have a considerably increased risk of developing diabetes later on in life. The report was published in the September 1992 issue of Am J Obstet Gynecol.

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