Gestational Diabetes and Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Answers to Common Questions
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If you have gestational diabetes, you’re not alone. An estimated 4 percent of pregnant American women—or about 135,000 cases—are diagnosed with this condition each year, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Gestational diabetes occurs when high blood sugar levels develop during pregnancy. This happens when the mother’s body can’t make and use all of the insulin it needs to “process” blood sugar normally. Women with gestational diabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes at any time after the baby is born if diet is poor and too much weight is gained.
No doubt, you have many questions about how best to care for yourself and your unborn baby during this time. A top priority is to keep blood sugar levels as normal as possible. You will need to follow a diet plan, do exercise, test blood sugar and possibly take insulin injections.
As part of your eating plan, your health care provider, diabetes educator or registered dietitian may ask you to limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat each day. And low-calorie sweeteners are one easy tool to help you follow your eating plan.
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