Reducing the Risks of Type 2 after Gestational Diabetes
After giving birth, glucose levels usually return to normal. However, if you have had gestational diabetes, you are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. There are several steps you can take to reduce this risk or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes:
Continue to follow a balanced and healthy diet. Focus on whole foods, plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Limit your intake of sugary and processed foods.
Regular Physical Activity
Engage in regular physical activity, as your healthcare provider recommends. Exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity and can contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.
Aim to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight, even a modest weight loss can have a significant impact on reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Monitoring Glucose Levels
Keep an eye on your glucose levels periodically, especially if your healthcare provider has advised you to do so. This can help you catch any changes early.
For women with gestational diabetes, the Dexcom G7 can help monitor glucose levels during the postpartum period, aiding in the transition back to normal glucose levels and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
If you can breastfeed, it may help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding has been associated with improved glucose metabolism.
Schedule regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider. They can monitor your health, perform necessary tests, and provide guidance on diabetes prevention.
Education and Support:
Educate yourself about diabetes prevention and management. Join support groups or attend educational sessions to stay informed and motivated.
Medication (if recommended):
In some cases, your healthcare provider may recommend medication to help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This decision should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider.
Chronic stress can affect glucose levels and increase the risk of diabetes. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or hobbies you enjoy.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect weight and overall health.
Remember to work closely with your healthcare provider to create a personalized plan considering your medical history, lifestyle, and preferences. They can provide you with the best guidance and support to help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes.
Learn more on how to manage your gestational diabetes here.
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