User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


53° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Gestational Diabetes On The Rise

December 4, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Gestational Diabetes On The Rise
SIOXU FALLS, SD -

Gestational Diabetes can impact the health of both an expectant mother and her baby.  But doctors say the number of women diagnosed with the condition is on the rise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates gestational diabetes impacts between two and ten percent of all pregnancies.

Angie Nelsen's little girl, Kinley, is healthy. That's something Nelsen was concerned about while she was pregnant.

"I was still really worried about what it was going to do to the baby," Nelsen said.

Nelsen was diagnosed with gestational diabetes while she was pregnant with Kinley.

"I was on a low-carb diet, watch your sugar levels. There are certain fruits they don't want you to eat because they're higher in sugar," Nelsen said.

While you can have a healthy baby despite having gestational diabetes there are increased risks.

"Other complications of pregnancy can become more likely as well, high blood pressure and preeclampsia, which are some of the more common complications of pregnancy that can cause problems," Sanford Dr. Jeanne Hassebroek-Johnson said.

Not only does the mother face an increased risk of health problems but so does the baby, including birth defects and problems during delivery. So what exactly is the reason behind the rise in gestational diabetes?

"Probably most significantly, our poor diet and exercise habits and just the fact that people in general are heavier," Hassebroek-Johnson said.

Hassebroek-Johnson says whether you have gestational diabetes is not entirely within your control.  But eating right and exercising can help. That's something Nelsen has been working on, but her genetics may have also played a role.

"My mother has diabetes and so do my grandparents, so I'm working with them and getting ideas from them on how I can try to maintain it," Nelsen said.

Expectant mothers with gestational diabetes also face an increased risk of having diabetes later in life.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Meth Making A Comeback

10/21/2014 6:13 PM

South Dakota officers have already taken more meth off the streets this year compared to all of last year.  And last year the state saw a record ...

Full Story | Watch
Getting A Second Opinion Right Away

10/20/2014 6:10 PM

After getting an opinion from one doctor, Bonnie and her husband came to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls to get a second opinion.

Full Story | Watch
Thune Calls For West Africa Travel Ban Over Ebola

10/15/2014 3:59 PM

South Dakota Sen. John Thune says the U.S. should ban travelers from three West African countries where an Ebola epidemic is spreading.

Full Story
Ebola Flight Concerns

10/16/2014 5:10 PM

Travelers are also trying to stay ahead of the Ebola virus, and other contagious diseases, any way they can.

Full Story | Watch
Responding To Ebola In KELOLAND

10/15/2014 6:19 PM

With doctors diagnosing another Texas healthcare worker with Ebola, there are new questions this evening about how prepared hospitals are to handle th...

Full Story | Watch


Events