Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. In this guest post, student research fellow Deborah Chambers provides some useful information and advice for National Diabetes Awareness Month.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Communities across the United States come together to shed some light on diabetes and ways in which it affects many people in the country. We are shedding some light on health promotion after gestational diabetes this month.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Did you know that women who had gestational diabetes have an increased lifelong risk for developing type 2 diabetes? After the baby is born, gestational diabetes goes away. Women who have had gestational diabetes are advised to get tested for type 2 diabetes within 12 weeks after their babies are born. If the test is normal, testing after 3 years is recommended. Consulting with medical providers when one decides to get pregnant again in the future is also recommended. Lastly, staying physically active, eating nutritious meals and snacks, and maintaining healthy habits prevents or delays type 2 diabetes.
Thank you to student research fellow Deborah Chambers for helping us all learn a bit more about diabetes! For additional information, browse the Library Catalog for books on diabetes, or check out our book display in the Library (special thanks to student research fellow Akinyemi Fayankinnu for assistance with this).
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