Chima Adinu, a diabetes specialist with Apex Diabetes Screening Centre, said that women who experience gestational diabetes had increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

He said on Wednesday in Jos, that the form of diabetes typically occurred during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. “Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy; it is like Type 2 diabetes because the body becomes resistant to insulin.

“It generally disappears after the birth of the baby, but women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life,? he explained.
According to him, such risk can be decreased with lifestyle modification such as healthy dieting, lesser weight, constant exercise and routine sugar level checks.

?Women who develop diabetes during pregnancy are therefore advised to stick to a healthy diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, poultry, seafood and nuts.
?Such women should also have limited intake of red and processed meats,? said.


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