For the past couple of weeks now we’ve been discussing diabetes and highlighting some of the important things to know, and even some crazy misconceptions about the condition. This is a wrap to the series discussing Gestational Diabetes, so if you’ve missed Parts I and II, make sure to check them out to learn all about Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes!
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes that only affects women during pregnancy. It affects 3-20% of pregnancies in Canada, and can be quite common depending on other risk factors present. Those in at risk populations include South Asian and African populations, similar to as was mentioned in the first part of the series on Pre-diabetes.
What happens in the body?
During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and this includes some changes to hormone balance. As we recall, insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that helps with glucose metabolism. When pregnant, the baby develops in the bod...
As mentioned in Part One of the Diabetes Series, Type 2 diabetes affects 90% of the population of diabetics making it the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle factors that include diet and exercise, however genetics also play a role in your risk of developing it. Type 2 Diabetes develops slowly and although is more common in adults, it can also affect children.
What Happens in the Body?
With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin that the body needs, or the insulin is not working effectively enough to get the sugar out of the blood and into the cells. As a result, the sugar stays in the blood and the body cannot make enough of the energy that it needs.
Someone with high blood sugar in the short-term may experience feeling:
In Canada, approximately 10% of the population in 2015 had some form of diabetes, and the amount is continuously increasing. However despite this number, diabetes remains largely misunderstood by the general public. With misconceptions such as “diabetes means you can’t eat anything sweet” or “you can never enjoy food and a happy life with diabetes”, it’s important for us to look past these ideas and understand diabetes correctly so we can help either ourselves, friends, or family members who are affected by diabetes to live a happy and healthy lifestyle!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic (meaning life-long) condition in which the body cannot use glucose (a sugar that comes from food) for energy. As a result, blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels rise higher than normal.
Check out this video for a quick visual on diabetes in the body, as well as some symptoms that can be related to diabetes.
What Happens in the Body?
Blood glucose levels higher than normal associated with diabete...