By Deborah Mitchell for EmaxHealth.com
A recent analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows high rates of gestational diabetes among women who gave birth in 2008. The condition that can develop during pregnancy increases hospital costs and poses risks for the mother and newborn.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects approximately 4 percent of women who are pregnant. The condition is caused by the way hormones affect women during pregnancy that leads to glucose intolerance.
The body’s requirements for insulin during pregnancy are high as the baby grows. Gestational diabetes occurs when the pancreas fail to produce enough insulin to keep up with demands. The result is hyperglycemia or high blood sugar. If left untreated, health problems occur. Treating the condition with a healthy diet is important. Obesity can increase the chances of diabetes during pregnancy.
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