Type 2 Diabetes – What Is The Best Treatment for Gestational Diabetes?
If you are a pregnant woman and have never had any form of diabetes, it’s possible during the course of your pregnancy you could develop a form of diabetes known as Gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes appears in approximately 5 percent of all pregnancies.
Pregnancy-related diabetes can have serious consequences for both the mother and her baby. Some women are able to control the condition with a healthful diet while other women need insulin. There has been some research on oral medications, but insulin is so far the first medication of choice.
Researchers at the Zekai Tahir Burak Women’s Health, Education and Research Hospital and Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, Turkey, have come up with a Ankara Yös kursu new way to predict what kind of treatment is best for individual patients. Their study, reported on in the medical journal Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes in August 2015, included 58 women diagnosed with Gestational diabetes…
- 30 were treated with conventional dietary recommendations and
- 28 were treated with insulin.
The participants were enrolled at 24 to 28 weeks of their pregnancy. Usually, an oral glucose tolerance test for Gestational diabetes is given between the 26th and 28th week of pregnancy. It was found high levels of tumor necrosis factor and low levels of total oxidants were associated with a high risk of the need for insulin later in the pregnancy.
TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor), cachectin, or cachexin, is involved in inflammation and a wide variety of other processes. Interestingly, it is associated with insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes. Most TNF is produced by white blood cells, although some can come from nerve cells. Anti-TNF medications such as Humira are used for treating autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis. At some point perhaps another anti-TNF could be designed and produced to counter Gestational diabetes.
Antioxidants prevent oxidation or loss of electrons. Loss of electrons creates free radicals, known for causing cell damage. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables. Some antioxidants are…
- beta-carotene, found in carrots and yellow squash,
- lutein, found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale,
- lycopene, found in tomatoes,
- selenium, found in nuts, seeds, broccoli, cabbage, and spinach,
- vitamin C, found in most fruits and vegetables,
- vitamin E, found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and green leafy vegetables.
When planning a diet rich in antioxidants, talk it over with your physician or a dietitian. Too much of certain vitamins or supplements can actually be harmful.
Normalizing weight before pregnancy and gaining only the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy helps prevent or control Gestational diabetes. A regular program of well-tolerated exercise is also a good idea